An abscess is a focal confined collection of suppurative inflammatory material and can be thought of as having three components 1:
- central core comprised of necrotic inflammatory cells and local tissue
- peripheral halo of viable neutrophils
- surrounded by a 'capsule' with dilated blood vessels and proliferation of fibroblasts
Abscesses can be caused by :
Essentially any tissue in the body can play host to abscesses. Please refer to individual articles for further details.
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