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At What Stage Should A Perianal Abscess Be Drained? Do Antibiotics Help?

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Posted on Fri, 5 Oct 2012
Question: my husband has a perianal abcess at what stage should this be drained and do antibiotics help
he had an peri anal abcess drained 3 years this is a reoccurance
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Answered by Dr. Rajiv goel (5 hours later)
Dear,

Perianal abscess should be drained as early as possible. Antibiotic shall certainly help in control of disease process but shall not alleviate the pathology.

Surgery is recommended at the earliest as the possibility of development of fistula increases with time.

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At What Stage Should A Perianal Abscess Be Drained? Do Antibiotics Help?

Dear,

Perianal abscess should be drained as early as possible. Antibiotic shall certainly help in control of disease process but shall not alleviate the pathology.

Surgery is recommended at the earliest as the possibility of development of fistula increases with time.