Chapter 56. Soft Tissue Abscess

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Heather Murray MD, MSc, FRCP(C) Assistant Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch56

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Murray, H. (2008) Soft Tissue Abscess, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch56

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Departments of Emergency Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • soft tissue abscess;
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA);
  • soft tissue abscesses and Staphylococcus aureus;
  • MEDLINE and Cochrane Library: explode soft tissue infection (skin and soft tissue infection, cutaneous abscess, soft tissue abscess, SSTI);
  • infective endocarditis prophylaxis;
  • bacteremic episodes after soft tissue abscess incision and drainage;
  • topical or systemic antibiotic effectiveness in recurrent skin abscess prevention


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Conflicts of interest

  • References