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Abscess

A boil is a common example of an abscess in the skin, but abscesses can occur in almost any part of the body, including:

  • abdomen (intra-abdominal abscess),
  • heart (myocardial abscess)
  • pancreas (pancreatic abscess),
  • liver (ambebic, hepatic or pyogenic abscess),
  • brain or spinal cord (brain, spinal cord, epidural/spinal subdural, intracranial or cerebral abscess),
  • anus or rectum (anorectal, perianal or perirectal abscess),
  • lung (lung or pulmonary abscess),
  • kidney (reno-corticomedullary abscess),
  • diaphragm (subphrenic abscess),
  • pharynx (retro-pharyngeal abscess),
  • spleen (splenic abscess),
  • ovaries (tubo-ovarian abscess),
  • vagina (Bartholin’s abscess),
  • tonsils (peritonsillar abscess), and
  • teeth (tooth or dental abscess).

Abscesses inside the body, usually occur in the spaces between the internal organs.Pus is mainly a collection of millions of dead cells from your immune system that have tried to deal with an infection.  Pus also contains many germs and the dead body cells that they have killed.