Abdominal computed tomography for postoperative abscess: Is it useful during the first week?

@article{Antevil2006AbdominalCT,
  title={Abdominal computed tomography for postoperative abscess: Is it useful during the first week?},
  author={Jared L. Antevil and J. Craig Egan and Robert O. Woodbury and Louis Rivera and Eamon B. OReilly and Carlos V. R. Brown},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2006},
  volume={10},
  pages={901-905}
}
While classic teaching dictates computed tomography (CT) for postoperative abdominal or pelvic abscess in the first week is of low yield, little evidence supports intentional delays in imaging for suspected abscess. This retrospective review examined all CT scans obtained for clinical suspicion of abscess between 3 and 30 days after abdominal or pelvic operation over a 3-year period. Scans were grouped into those obtained between 3 and 7 days after surgery (EARLY) and those obtained after day 7… CONTINUE READING