Definition Of abscess


a swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus.

Surgery may be necessary to drain abscesses , debride infected tissue, or stabilize the spine and relieve spinal cord compression.

Example Of abscess

  • A history of fever, chills or urinary tract infection suggests an infected cyst or an abscess .

  • A more complicated operation is needed to drain an abscess from inside the body.

  • Abscesses can be differentiated from brain tumours because abscesses tend to have smoother edges.

  • Around 40% of brain abscesses are caused by infections spread from areas nearby in the body, in the nose, throat and ear areas.

  • At least 75% of cerebral abscesses are associated with infections elsewhere in the body.

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