What is an intra-abdominal abscess?
An intra-abdominal abscess is a localized collection of pus in the abdominal cavity. The abscess is usually confined to a small area by a barrier formed by adhesions between the abdominal organs and the omentum (the fold of peritoneum that supports the organs). An intra-abdominal abscess is a serious surgical condition and it can result in a lengthy hospitalization and may also be life-threatening. The symptoms of intra-abdominal abscess are often vague which can sometimes delay patients from seeking medical attention or delay the diagnosis. This often increases the mortality and morbidity resulting from intra-abdominal abscess.