Definition: it is the accumulation of pus in tissue (usually forming cavities).
Most common cause is staphylococcus aureus.
Common sites of abscess:
vi. Gall bladder (emphyema)
vii. Pleural cavity (emphyema)
viii. Bone (isteomyelitis)
Clinical features (C/F):
It depends on the site of involvement but common features are:
· Weight loss
It depends again on the site of involvement and the cause of abscess.
a. Tuberculous abscess cavity in lung is treated with Anti-Tuberculous Therapy (ATT).
b. Amoebic liver abscess is treated with Chloroquine, Metranidazole.
c. Broad spectrum antibiotics / Golden rule are to drain the abscess.