Draining a Breast Abscess
- A small abscess can be drained with a needle, sometimes using Reference ultrasound Opens New Window to guide the needle. First, a Reference local anesthetic Opens New Window medicine is injected to numb the skin over the infected breast tissue. This procedure can be done in a doctor's office.
- A large abscess must be cut open (lanced) to let the pus drain out. Usually a local anesthetic medicine is injected to numb the breast tissue first. Reference General anesthesia Opens New Window is usually not needed for this treatment unless the abscess is deep. After the infected area has been drained, it may be left open and packed with sterile gauze or closed with a small tube left in so the pus can drain out. This procedure may be done in a doctor's office or an outpatient surgery setting.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology