Types of Abdominal Abscesses

Abdominal abscesses can form behind the abdominal cavity, below the diaphragm, in the pelvis, or in the middle of the abdomen. The abscess also can form around or in around any abdominal organs including prostate gland, kidney, liver, pancreas, or spleen.

Frequently, an abdominal abscess is resulted from intestine’s perforation or infection, another abdominal organ infection, or injury. Midabdomen Abscess can be caused by a diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, perforated large intestine or ruptured appendix. An abscess area in the abdomen is painful. An abscess below the diaphragm can occur when infected fluid, for instance, ruptured appendix, is moved upward by abdominal organs pressure and by suctions formed when the diaphragm is moving during breathing.

Symptoms can include painful breathing, shoulder pain, and cough. Prostate abscess is caused by infection of urinary tract that leads to prostatitis. Such abscess happens in males between ages fourty and sixty. Usually, a male with a prostate abscess feels difficult, frequent, or painful urination. Sometimes, he experiences internal ache at the penis base, and has blood or pus in his urine.

A liver abscess can be resulted from amebas or bacteria. Bacteria may reach the liver from blunt or penetrating wound, infected gallbladder, or abdomen infection. Amebas from the Types of Abdominal Abscessesintestine’s infection may reach the liver through the lymphatic vessel. Liver abscess symptoms include fever, nausea, and loss of appetite. An individual may or may not experience abdominal pain.

Abscess Inside the Pancreas usually forms after an acute pancreatitis attack. Symptoms include vomiting, nausea, fever, abdominal pain and starts in 7-10 days after an individual recovers from pancreatitis. Spleen Abscess is resulted from an infection spreading through the blood to the spleen, infection spread from nearby abscesses, or from spleen injury. Pain can be felt in the left shoulder, back, or abdomen’s left side.

A kidney abscess is resulted either from a urinary tract infection, spreading to the kidney or through the bloodstream. The symptoms of a kidney abscess include lower back pain, chills, and fever. The urine can be bloody and urination can be painful.

Retroperitoneal abscess are caused by pancreatitis and appendicitis. Lower back pain worsens when an individual moves the leg at the hip. Pelvic abscess caused by ruptured appendix, diverticular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and gynecologic infection. Symptoms include frequent or urgent desire to urinate, diarrhea, or abdominal pain.

In almost all abdominal abscesses, the pus should be drained, by a needle placed through the skin or through surgery. To guide the needle placement, a surgeon uses an ultrasound or CT (Computed Tomography). The laboratory pus test reveals the infecting bacteria, which helps the doctor select the most effective antibiotic for treatment purposes.

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