Abscess - intra-abdominalSymptoms
Depending on the location, symptoms may include:
Signs and tests
- Abdominal pain and distention
- Lack of appetite
- Rectal tenderness and fullness
A complete blood count may show a higher than normal white blood count. A comprehensive metabolic panel may show liver, kidney, or blood chemistry problems.
A CT scan of the abdomen will usually reveal an intra-abdominal abscess. After the CT scan is done, a needle may be placed through the skin into the abscess cavity to confirm the diagnosis and treat the abscess.
Other tests may include:
- Abdominal x-ray
- Ultrasound of the abdomen
Sometimes surgery called a laparotomy may be needed to diagnose this condition.