Abscesses (boils) are infections that are inflamed and contain pus. A breast abscess is a collection of pus in the breast tissue. Incision and drainage is a procedure performed to clear large, growing and painful abscesses of pus. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. Your doctor makes a small incision and drains the pus using a needle and syringe. The needle may be guided by ultrasound. Your doctor may pack the wound with gauze and cover it with a dressing to prevent recurrence of the abscess.
As with any procedure, abscess may involve certain risks and complications such as infection and bruising.
Conditions and Management
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- Australian Government Breast Cancer
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