World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 204–209 | Cite as

Imaging intraabdominal abscesses and nonoperative drainage procedures

  • John R. Haaga
Progress Symposium—Intraabdominal Infections


With state-of-the-art imaging and interventional techniques, the diagnosis and management of intraabdominal abscesses have improved. Radionuclide scanning, ultrasound, and computed tomography are very accurate for the diagnosis and staging of intraabdominal abscesses, permitting the use of percutaneous drainage methods. Percutaneous abscess drainage (PAD) has gained wide acceptance and applications now include not only curative drainages but also certain palliative ones. Although some controversy exists relative to results and palliative procedures, PAD is now accepted as an effective alternative to operative drainage.


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Les techniques d'imagerie interventionnelles modernes ont amélioré le diagnostic et le traitement des abcès intraabdominaux. La scintigraphie, l'échographie, et la tomodensitométrie fournissent des résultats précis dans le diagnostic et la classification des abcès et permettent l'utilisation des méthodes de drainage percutané. La technique de drainage percutané est très répandue et son application est à visée palliative ou curative. Bien qu'existent encore quelques problèmes concernant les résultats des procédés palliatifs, le drainage percutané est actuellement une méthode qui peut souvent remplacer le drainage chirurgical.


Los modernos métodos de imágenes diagnósticas y las técnicas intervencionistas han logrado una superación sustancial en el diagnóstico y manejo de los abscesos intraabdominales. La escanografía con radionúclidos, la ultrasonografía, y la tomografía computadorizada son métodos de gran certeza para el diagnóstico y clasificación de los abscesos intraabdominales, y hacen posible la utilización de métodos percutáneos de drenaje. El drenaje percutáneo ha merecido gran aceptación y sus aplicaciones incluyen no sólo el drenaje curativo sino también algunos tipos de drenaje paliativo. Aunque persiste alguna controversia relativa a los resultados de los procedimientos paliativos, el drenaje percutáneo de los abscesos representa actualmente una alternativa aceptada y eficaz al drenaje operatorio.


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© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Haaga
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyCase Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of ClevelandClevelandUSA

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