What is the role of fine needle aspiration (FNA) in the treatment of deep neck infections?

Updated: Apr 30, 2020
  • Author: Alan D Murray, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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FNA may be used in patients with small, easily reachable abscesses or in patients who are too unstable to undergo general anesthesia. This procedure may require the assistance of CT scanning or ultrasound guidance. It may provide preliminary culture specimens before formal incision and drainage.


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