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Vol. 100. Issue 5.
Pages 305 (May 2022)
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Deep postanal abscess. Emergency diagnostic-therapeutic strategy
Absceso postanal profundo. Estrategia diagnóstico-terapéutica de urgencia
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Natalia Pujol-Canoa,
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, Álvaro García-Graneroa,b, Laura. Fernández-Vegaa, Francesc Xavier González-Argentéa,b
a Servicio de Cirugía General, Hospital Universitario Son Espases, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
b Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
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The deep postanal space is located posterior to the anal canal. In the sagittal plane, it is delimited on the anterior side by the external sphincter complex, the posterior-inferior side by the coccyx and anococcygeal ligament, and above by the superior levator ani muscle. An abscess located in this space is known as a deep postanal abscess (DPA) and can cause posterior horseshoe abscesses. Clinical suspicion, diagnosis and emergency treatment are a challenge for general surgeons. We present a real case using an illustrative video that shows how to identify a DPA on computed tomography and how to perform correct surgical drainage.

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Please cite this article as: Pujol-Cano N, García-Granero Á, Fernández-Vega L, González-Argenté FX. Absceso postanal profundo. Estrategia diagnóstico-terapéutica de urgencia. Cir Esp. 2022;100:305.

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