Send to

Choose Destination
Pediatr Surg Int. 2002 Dec;18(8):689-91. Epub 2002 Oct 24.

Perianal abscess in childhood.

Author information

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michaels Hill, Bristol, UK.


Perianal abscess (PA) is a common condition encountered in childhood, but its optimal primary treatment is uncertain. Treatment of PA by incision and drainage (I & D) alone is associated with an unacceptably high recurrence rate, either as fistula-in-ano (FIA) or as PA. To identify possible causes of recurrence and assess the value of concomitant laying open of a fistulous tract at the time of primary incision and drainage, the case notes of all children who presented to our institution with a PA between January 1992 and January 1997 were reviewed retrospectively. Thirty-three cases were identified (29 boys and 4 girls). A fistulous tract was identified and laid open at the time of primary drainage in 20 cases, whilst 13 were treated by I & D alone. Following primary drainage, there were 7 recurrences (21.2%) (FIA 5 and PA 2). All recurrences had been primarily treated by drainage alone, whilst there were no recurrences in patients who had also undergone fistulotomy at the time of primary drainage. Thus the primary treatment of PA in childhood should involve a careful search for a coexisting fistula and treatment of this by fistulotomy.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Springer
Loading ...
Support Center