pancreatic abscess

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a localized collection of pus in a cavity formed by the disintegration of tissue. Abscesses are usually caused by specific microorganisms that invade the tissues, often by way of small wounds or breaks in the skin. An abscess is a natural defense mechanism in which the body attempts to localize an infection and wall off the microorganisms so that they cannot spread throughout the body. As the microorganisms destroy the tissue, an increased supply of blood is rushed to the area. The cells, bacteria, and dead tissue accumulate to form a clump of cream-colored liquid, which is the pus. The accumulating pus and the adjacent swollen, inflamed tissues press against the nerves, causing pain. The concentration of blood in the area causes redness. The abscess sometimes “comes to a head” by itself and breaks through the skin or other tissues, allowing the pus to drain. Local applications of heat may be used to facilitate localization and drainage.
Abscess, cross section.
alveolar abscess a localized suppurative inflammation of tissues about the apex of the root of a tooth.
amebic abscess an abscess cavity of the liver resulting from liquefaction necrosis due to entrance of Entamoeba histolytica into the portal circulation in amebiasis; amebic abscesses may also affect the lungs, brain, and spleen.
Bartholin abscess acute infection of a Bartholin gland with symptoms including pain, swelling, cellulitis of the vulva, and dyspareunia. Treatment is incision and drainage of the abscess. Cultures should be obtained to rule out infections by Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia.
Bezold's abscess one deep in the neck resulting from a complication of acute mastoiditis.
brain abscess see brain abscess.
Brodie's abscess a circumscribed abscess in bone, caused by hematogenous infection, that becomes a chronic nidus of infection.
cold abscess one of slow development and with little inflammation, usually tuberculous.
diffuse abscess an uncircumscribed abscess whose pus is diffused in the surrounding tissues.
gas abscess one containing gas, caused by gas-forming bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens. Called also Welch's abscess.
miliary abscess one composed of numerous small collections of pus.
pancreatic abscess one that occurs as a complication of acute pancreatitis or postoperative pancreatitis caused by secondary bacterial contamination.
perianal abscess one beneath the skin of the anus and the anal canal.
periapical abscess inflammation with pus in the tissues surrounding the apex of a tooth.
periodontal abscess a localized collection of pus in the periodontal tissue.
peritonsillar abscess a localized accumulation of pus in the peritonsillar tissue subsequent to suppurative inflammation of the tonsil; called also quinsy.
phlegmonous abscess one associated with acute inflammation of the subcutaneous connective tissue.
stitch abscess one developed about a stitch or suture.
thecal abscess one in the sheath of a tendon.
wandering abscess one that burrows into tissues and finally points at a distance from the site of origin.
Welch's abscess gas abscess.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

pan·cre·at·ic ab·scess

an abscess in the pancreatic or peripancreatic area usually related to pancreatitis.
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pancreatic abscess

Surgery An aggregate of PMNs in the pancreas which is caused by inadequate drainage of a pancreatic pseudocyst, a complication associated with pancreatitis. See Pancreatic pseudocyst.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(2, 8) Apart from 1 pancreatic abscess which later developed into a pancreatic fistula, there were no other abdominal abscesses in this series.
There were no significant differences in the incidence of local complications (walled-off necrosis, pancreatic abscess, and pancreatic pseudocyst), renal failure, and gastrointestinal bleeding between the normal weight group, overweight group, and obesity group (p > 0.05), as well as between the no central obesity group and central obesity group (p > 0.05).
Pancreatic abscess and pseudocyst of pancreas are usually late complications.
(ii) Pancreatic abscess: the appearance of fluid on CT study is indistinguishable from a typical case of suppurative or hemorrhagic pancreatitis.
In this process they incite inflammatory response and can mimic gastric or pancreatic neoplasm or they can lead to an inflammatory abscess mimicking pancreatic abscess [6-7].
Frequent complications after blunt pancreatic trauma include fistula and pseudocyst formation, traumatic pancreatitis and pancreatic abscesses, and less frequent complications such as peritonitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, and splenic vein thrombosis [2, 7].
TB in pancreas may present as acute or chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic abscesses, and as discrete pancreatic mass mimicking malignancy, thus making it a diagnostic challenge.
It is now utilized for the management of pancreatic abscesses.8 The endoscopic method, however, has several disadvantages.
But two weeks before the ceremony, set for last May, Julia was rushed to hospital with pancreatic abscesses.