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Symptoms of Abscess

Symptoms of Abscess: Introduction

General symptoms of an abscess include swelling, redness, inflammation, and pain or tenderness in the affected area. These are the classic symptoms of a skin abscess, also known as a boil.

Symptoms of internal abscesses, such as a brain abscess or a liver abscess, differ depending on the type of abscess and the area of the body that is affected. Symptoms can include fever, chills, and severe pain to affected area. For example, a pancreatic abscess results in severe abdominal pain. A tooth abscess results in severe gum and mouth pain, and a rectal abscess results in severe rectal pain.

If an abscess is not recognized and treated promptly, it can lead to gangrene and permanent tissue and organ damage. The infection from an abscess can also spread to the bloodstream, and lead to serious, even life-threatening complications, such as sepsis, kidney failure, and death. Symptoms of complications may include confusion, lethargy, delirium, seizures, low blood pressure, shock, loss of consciousness, and coma....more about Abscess »

Symptoms of Abscess

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Abscess includes the 6 symptoms listed below:

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Abscess: Symptom Checkers

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Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing of medical conditions related to Abscess:

  • Pus swab test - to identify the type of bacteria causing the abscess.
  • Needle aspiration of fluid (pus) in abscess - to identify the type of bacteria causing the abscess.
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Wrongly Diagnosed with Abscess?

The list of other diseases or medical conditions that may be on the differential diagnosis list of alternative diagnoses for Abscess includes:

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Other Possible Causes of these Symptoms

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Abscess. This signs and symptoms information for Abscess has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Abscess signs or Abscess symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Abscess may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Abscess symptoms.


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