Abscess Incision and Drainage

Prim Care. 2022 Mar;49(1):39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2021.10.002. Epub 2022 Jan 5.


An abscess is a localized collection of purulent material surrounded by inflammation and granulation in response to an infectious source. Most simple abscesses can be diagnosed upon clinical examination and safely be managed in the ambulatory office with incision and drainage. Wound culture and antibiotics do not improve healing, but packing wounds larger than 5 cm may reduce recurrence and complications.

Keywords: Hidradenitis; Incision and drainage; Perianal abscess; Tissue abscess.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess* / diagnosis
  • Abscess* / therapy
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anus Diseases*
  • Drainage
  • Humans


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents