Answer :USMLE step 2 Mcq 301:A 48 year old with pyrexia and left lower quadrant pain



Correct Answer: C

When a diverticular abscess is identified on CAT scan or ultrasound, percutaneous aspiration should be performed if the abscess is larger than 3cm. A pelvic abscess may be drained into the rectum. Smaller abscesses can be treated expectantly with intravenous antibiotics and observation. Most cases will resolve with the above treatment. Once the inflammation has subsided, resection of the diseased segment can be safely performed as a single-stage procedure. If, however, the patient fails to improve clinically, a Hartmann's procedure is required


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