Abscess drainage using image guidance

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Learn what an abscess is and how it is drained using image guidance.

Key points

  • An abscess is a collection of pus somewhere in the body. Sometimes it needs to be drained. When the collection is deep, an interventional radiologist uses image guidance to drain the abscess.
  • Draining an abscess is usually a low-risk procedure.
  • You will be asked to sign a consent form before the procedure.
  • Your child will likely have a drain inserted in the abscess.
  • The procedure is done using local anaesthetic, and your child will receive a general anaesthetic or sedation.
  • Be calm, honest and tell your child what to expect. Children feel less nervous and scared when they are given information about what will happen to them.
Last updated: February 9th 2016