What is Abscess Drainage?

An abscess can occur anywhere in the body but typically involves the abdomen and/or the skin surface.

This procedure is performed to remove an abscess – an infected collection of fluid in the body. An abscess is most often is caused by recent surgery or as a result of another body infection such as appendicitis. A person with an abscess will usually suffer from pain in the location of the infection, chills and fever. To remove the abscess, a doctor uses image-guided technology, such as CT scans, to insert a catheter – a long, thin tube – into the infected area and drain the fluid. Most often a drainage tube is left inside until all the fluid has drained and the infection is resolved. In most cases, an abscess drainage can be successfully completed with this minimally invasive technique however there are a small percentage of patients who need further intervention in an operating room.