Happy Friday! Abscesses--these are an everyday occurrence, we’re either performing an I&D or seeing a patient for their 2-3 day follow-up. While regular abscesses are second nature to us, today we will be talking about a shooters abscess which are approached and treated a bit differently
I had 2 cases of these. This a summary of HippoEd’s UC rap June 2020 podcast chapter titled: “Shooter’s abscess."
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What is a shooter’s abscess?
IV drug users are at higher risk for an abscess due to introduction of bacteria from a dirty needle and/or an inflammatory reaction to the drug substance
Signs and symptoms will be similar to a non-shooters abscess with erythema, warmth, tenderness and fluctuance, however tend to be larger and deeper
Before you perform an I&D:
Which bacteria are present?
Wound culture? Start antibiotics or not?
Don’t forget to: perform a full neuro exam
Should I treat this abscess in UC?
See you all next week......wondering what I'll see this upcoming weekend which may inspire me with a topic haha!