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Intra-abdominal abscess

  • Definition

    An intra-abdominal abscess is a pocket of infected fluid and pus located inside the belly (abdominal cavity). There may be more than one abscess.


    Alternative Names

    Abscess - intra-abdominal


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    An intra-abdominal abscess can be caused by a ruptured appendix, ruptured intestinal diverticulum, inflammatory bowel disease, parasite infection in the intestines (Entamoeba histolytica), or other condition.

    Risk factors include a history of appendicitis, diverticulitis, perforated ulcer disease, or any surgery that may have infected the abdominal cavity.