Abscess

An abscess is a collection of pus in any part of the body. In most cases, the area around an abscess is swollen and inflamed.

Amebic brain abscess

Amebiasis, normally an infection of the intestinal tract, may spread and infect other organs such as the liver or brain. Infection of the brain can be fatal. In this slide, ameba are shown in a sample of brain tissue. Ameba represent a serious infection in immunocompromised individuals. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Pyogenic abscess

A liver abscess can develop from several different sources, including a blood infection, an abdominal infection, or an abdominal injury which has been become infected. The most common infecting bacteria include E coli, enterococcus, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. Treatment is usually a combination of drainage and prolonged antibiotic therapy.

Tooth abscess

A collection of infected material (pus) resulting from bacterial infection of the center (pulp) of a tooth.

Intra-abdominal abscess, CT scan

CT scan of the pelvis showing a large intra-abdominal mass.

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When to Contact a Medical Professional

Prevention