Another way to deal with loculated skin abscesses

Dr Janet Tsang from Strathpine, Qld, sends in a tip shown to her during a surgical term in New Zealand.

When faced with a loculated skin abscess, there is an alternative to making a large skin incision and slashing away with the scalpel.

Make a small stab incision and swish around with a microbiological swab to break down all the loculations. If required, you can then send the swab off for culture.

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