Abscess - intra-abdominal
Depending on the location, symptoms may include:
A complete blood count may show a higher than normal white blood count. A comprehensive metabolic panel may show liver, kidney, or blood chemistry problems.
A CT scan of the abdomen will usually reveal an intra-abdominal abscess. After the CT scan is done, a needle may be placed through the skin into the abscess cavity to confirm the diagnosis and treat the abscess.
Other tests may include:
Sometimes surgery called a laparotomy may be needed to diagnose this condition.
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