Schedule an initial consultation at one of these locations:

Utah Vascular Clinic

801.281.0027

650 East 4500 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Ogden Regional Medical Center

801.479.2450

5475 South 500 East
Washington Terrace, UT 84405

Services

Interventional Procedures

Abscess Management

Abscess Drainage

An abscess is a collection of pus most often resulting from perforation of an abdominal organ or an infectious complication after surgery. Most abscesses occur in the abdomen, but they can occur almost anywhere in the body including the chest, neck, pelvis, under the skin and within muscles. An abscess forms when the body fights an infection by moving in white blood cells and fluid to wall it off.

Draining off the fluid can help speed up the healing process, and is sometimes a life saving step in helping the body fight an infection. Surgeons can drain fluid by opening up the body, but many years ago interventional radiologists developed less invasive techniques to drain abscess fluid without the need for open surgery. They accomplish this by first placing a needle into the abscess using imaging guidance, usually with ultrasound or by using a CT scanner. They then swap out the needle over a soft flexible wire for a drain catheter, which is a hollow plastic tube specifically designed to drain pus.

Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, image guided abscess drain placement can be performed using only sedating medications and local anesthetic, with less pain and a lower risk of complications like bleeding associated with surgery. Interventional radiologists are experts in treating abscesses with drains, including management of the drain once it has been placed and knowing when to remove them once healing has occurred.


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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of your body, usually in your legs, but sometimes in your arm.

  • Swelling, usually in one leg
    (or arm)
  • Leg pain or tenderness often described as a cramp or
    Charley horse
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg (or arm) warm to touch

Pulmonary Embolism

Clots can break off from a DVT and travel to the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal.

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain-sharp, stabbing; may get worse with deep breath
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus