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Pediatric Abscess Drainage

An abscess is a collection of infected fluid (pus). Although abscesses can occur anywhere in the body, in children they are more common in the abdomen after having acute appendicitis or surgery. When abscesses are not responding to antibiotics alone and causing symptoms (fever, pain, etc.), they may require drainage. The best method and current standard of practice is for an interventional radiologist to drain an abscess using imaging guidance and a minimally invasive technique.