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Abscesses and other superficial soft tissue infections

Abscesses and other superficial soft tissue infections are common presentations to the Emergency department. So having the appropriate diagnostic tool is a must.

A subcutaneous abscess is a manifestation of a spectrum of soft tissue skin infection.

They are common skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), It is a form of abscess which lies within the dermis and subdermal cutaneous layers.

Hence, a high frequency Ultrasound (eg: SIFULTRAS-9.53, SIFULTRAS-3.5, SIFULTRAS-3.51) is used to identify the abscess location.

A needle is introduced into the abscess cavity and aspiration of the contents is then done.

Thereof, bedside ultrasound increases the certainty of abscess diagnosis and localization.

Moreover ultrasound devices are valuable diagnostic tools. To help with decision-making and improves clinicians’ ability to differentiate between cellulitis and abscess and, thus, to initiate the most appropriate treatment from the outset.

Ultrasound can characterize the size and depth of an abscess and can be used to directly guide incision and drainage. Furthermore, ultrasound can be used at bedside and presents no risk to the patient.

Scan Result that shows Abscesses

A skin abscess may be treated by a primary care provider (PCP), such as a general practitioner, family medicine specialistinternist, or pediatrician. One may also be seen by an emergency medicine specialist in a hospital emergency department. If surgery is required, a general surgeon can treat it.

References: Facing the Danger Zone: The Use of Ultrasound to Distinguish Cellulitis from Abscess in Facial Infection , Abscess Evaluation using Bedside Ultrasonography.

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