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Drainage of deep abscess/collection

Ultrasound guided percutaneous drainage is one form of image guided procedure, allowing minimally invasive treatment of collections that are accessible by ultrasound study.


  • Is a dynamic study, allowing greater precision to control needle insertion
  • Not exposes patient to ionising radiation
  • Does not require as wide a range of staff, compared to CT-guided procedure

Indications for percutaneous drainage are broad: essentially any abnormal fluid collection in the patient which can be accessible. Examples include:

  • post-surgical fluid collections
  • Asutes

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