Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V03170175
Treatment of simple subcutaneous abscesses
Simple subcutaneous abscesses are common, and we have examined the literature concerning the ideal treatment of subcutaneous abscesses. We recommend radical debridement with removal of all pus, the abscess wall and any necrosis. If primary suture is chosen, preoperative antibiotics should be administered, and the cavity should be closed without dead space. Antibiotics should not routinely be given, but always be considered in immunocompromised patients or patients with septicaemia. Routine examination of the microbiology has no influence on the treatment and is not recommended.