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An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area of your body becomes infected, your body's immune system tries to fight the infection. White blood cells go to the infected area, collect within the damaged tissue, and cause inflammation. During this process, pus forms. Pus is a mixture of living and dead white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue.

Bacteria, viruses, parasites and swallowed objects can all lead to abscesses. Skin abscesses are easy to detect. They are red, raised and painful. Abscesses inside your body may not be obvious and can damage organs, including the brain, lungs and others. Treatments include drainage and antibiotics.

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  1. Abscess (National Library of Medicine)  
    An abscess is a pocket of pus. You can get an abscess almost anywhere in your body. When an area ...
  2. Anal abscess; Rectal abscess; Perirectal abscess; Perianal abscess; anal gland abscess; Abscess - anorectal ... Common causes of anorectal abscess include: Blocked glands in the ... Sexually transmitted infection Deep rectal abscesses may be ...
  3. Abscess - brain; Cerebral abscess; CNS abscess ... the brain. The germs that cause a brain abscess can reach the brain through the blood. The ...
  4. Abscess - skin; Cutaneous abscess; Subcutaneous abscess ... minor wound or injury Boils Folliculitis A skin abscess may occur anywhere on the body. The problem ...
  5. Periapical abscess; Dental abscess; Tooth infection; Abscess - tooth ... A tooth abscess is a complication of tooth decay . It may also occur when a tooth is broken or chipped. Openings ...
  6. Abscess - epidural; Spinal abscess ... Epidural abscess is a rare disorder caused by infection in the area between the bones of the skull or ...
  7. Abscess - areolar gland; Areolar gland abscess ... Subareolar abscess is caused by a blockage of the small glands or ducts below the skin of the areola ...
  8. Radioactive abscess scan; Abscess scan ... An abscess may form after surgery, or it may form on its own. Symptoms of an abscess depend on ...
  9. Liver abscess; Bacterial liver abscess ... a tube through the skin to drain the abscess. Less often, surgery is required. You will also ...
  10. Hepatic amebiasis; Extraintestinal amebiasis; Abscess - amebic liver ... Amebic liver abscess is caused by Entamoeba histolytica. This is the same parasite that causes amebiasis , an intestinal infection that is ...
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