Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Abscess

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_18

Definition

An abscess is a circumscribed area of injury and inflammation in which considerable necrosis has occurred, and a fluid containing dead tissue and bacteria has collected. It may drain and be relatively comfortable, but if closed, tissue distension results in pain.

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