What are the symptoms for infected seroma? (Photo)
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Detecting an infected seroma
Thank you for asking about your seroma
- Signs of infection of a seroma include redness, pain, fever and an enlarging seroma.
- Your surgeon seems to be taking good care of you -
- If you or he are concerned about infection, the seroma fluid can be cultured to look for infection.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Symptoms of infection
Symptoms of infection from any surgical site usually has the following symptoms:
In general, if you feel more tired than usual, the area becomes firmer and more tender and perhaps even showing signs of redness, you should suspect an infection and seek your plastic surgeons help as soon as possible. It is fairly rare to get an infected seroma unless there are sutures in there that already are contaminated.
Good luck with the rest of your tummy tuck recovery.
All the best,
Dr. Remus Repta
If you are concerned that you have an active infection you need to contact your surgeon for instructions. Some signs of infection are fever, pain and redness at the infected site, and general malaise. Your surgeon will evaluate the fluid that is removed as well as the surrounding tissues, however if you are noticing changes before your appointment it is best to call.
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The usual signs of an infection are:
- Fever, temperature > 100.4 C
- Swelling of the tissue