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Drain insertion is an interventional radiology procedure that allows your child’s healthcare team to treat an abscess (pus-filled sack) or other liquid-filled area in the body. During a drain insertion procedure, an interventional radiologist makes a tiny incision and then guides a tube through the incision into the affected area. The liquid drains out through the tube.
The interventional radiologist uses live imaging such as computed tomography (CT), X-ray or ultrasound to guide the tube precisely to the correct location. Types of drain procedures that may be used to treat your child’s condition include:
Drain insertion is used to treat a number of conditions, including:
Inserting a drain involves the following steps:
Sometimes a child has bleeding where the drain tube comes out of the body. Rarely, infection can happen or a child may be allergic to the dye used during the procedure. Because organs in the chest and abdomen are close together, damage to other organs such as the liver, spleen or intestine is possible.