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Intra-abdominal abscess

  • Alternative Names

    Abscess - intra-abdominal


    Depending on the location, symptoms may include:

    • Abdominal pain and distention
    • Chills
    • Diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Lack of appetite
    • Nausea
    • Rectal tenderness and fullness
    • Vomiting
    • Weakness

    Signs and tests

    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.