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EdhaCare - Incision and Drainage Abscess Treatment In India


Incision and drainage abscess - Overview

An abscess is a collection of infected fluid (pus). To drain an abscess, a doctor may use a needle and syringe to suction the fluid or may place a drainage catheter.


The physician will give your child an ultrasound or CT scan to locate the abscess and decide where to insert the needle. After numbing the skin, the doctor will insert a needle into the abscess and draw out the fluid. The fluid will be sent to a laboratory to find out what caused the infection.

Depending on the location and size of the abscess and the type of fluid obtained in the collection, the doctor may place a small catheter to allow the area to continue to drain for several days.

If the collection of fluid (abscess) is deep in the pelvis, sometimes the best route for the doctor to place a drainage catheter is through the child’s rectum. This is called trans-rectal abscess drainage.


The procedure is considered low risk. However, potential complications include:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • injury to adjacent organs, especially the colon/intestines or bladder (if the abscess is in the abdomen)