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Pediatric Abscess Drainage

What You Need to Know

Abscess drainage is performed using imaging guidance and a minimally invasive technique to drain infected fluid. Although abscesses can occur anywhere in the body, in children they are more common in the abdomen after having acute appendicitis or surgery.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an abscess drainage?

How is an abscess drainage in children performed?

Will my child be awake during the abscess drainage procedure?

Will my child be in any pain after the abscess drainage procedure?

How long does an abscess drainage procedure take?

What risks are associated with this abscess drainage procedure?

When can my child bathe after the abscess drainage procedure?

How long will the drainage catheter stay in place? How will the drain be removed?

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Departments that Offer Abscess Drainage

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Interventional Radiology

Children's National interventional radiologists perform a full range of minimally invasive, image-guided procedures to both diagnose and treat disease in infants, children, and adolescents.