Outpatient therapy of intra-abdominal abscesses following early discharge from the hospital.

Abstract

Although percutaneous aspiration and drainage of abdominal abscesses will frequently avert an open surgical procedure, patients remain hospitalized during drainage. The authors treated 9 patients for abscesses using percutaneous drainage catheters and sent them home with the catheter in place. All had an uneventful recovery. An average of $12,050 was saved in each case. The authors suggest that outpatient drainage of abdominal abscesses is significantly less expensive than inpatient treatment, yet does not jeopardize patient care.

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@article{Rifkin1985OutpatientTO, title={Outpatient therapy of intra-abdominal abscesses following early discharge from the hospital.}, author={Matthew D. Rifkin and Doug Heffelfinger and Alfred B. Kurtz and Matthew E. Pasto and Oksana H Baltarowich and C Cole-Beuglet and Barry B. Goldberg}, journal={Radiology}, year={1985}, volume={155 2}, pages={333-4} }