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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Abscess

emDOCs Podcast Episode 60 - By Brit Long - August 16, 2022
Key Points:
  • S. aureus is the most common cause of abscess.
  • Abscess, like cellulitis, is a clinical diagnosis. Labs and imaging are not usually needed in evaluating or managing an abscess.
  • POCUS can assist with abscess identification and drainage.
  • Incision and drainage is the treatment of choice. Some patients should be treated with antibiotics.
  • Admit the patient for parenteral therapy when not tolerating PO antibiotics, rapid progression of erythema, severe infection, and/or proximity of the lesion to an indwelling medical device.