bleeding with perianal abcess

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crohn's pt mom
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   Posted 12/3/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has had a drain in for over a month with significant drainage.  However, today she said it's just blood.  Has anyone had that happen?  She's going to the surgeon later today so we will know tonight.  I'm just trying to get a handle on this.

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   Posted 12/3/2008 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Blood from the drain could mean a couple of different things, none of which are too "bad" in my experience ... a bump the wrong way, a bad position in my sleep, and long car rides were usually the culprits of bleeding. Once it was just that the abscess was healing and becoming more shallow, so the doc had to cut a couple stitches to loosen the drain and all was well.

It's good that you're going to see the surgeon today so he can take a look and make sure all is well, but I wouldn't chew your fingernails off in the mean time.

And, I hate to sound like a broken record, but this is advice for anyone that has a drain...

Have your surgeon DRAW the specific type of drain that you have it so that you understand it (and ask questions on here if you need to). Have your surgeon explain exactly how it is supposed to heal, and what modifications may be required in the mean time.

Surgeons especially are not known for their "people" skills, so corner him while you've got him and make sure he doesn't run away until you're satisfied.

I hope you and your daughter get everything straightened out this afternoon!
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   Posted 12/3/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to add a little to patientspiders reply. That usually as long as it IS draining, thats a good sign right there. If theres something in there, it cant stay in.

crohn's pt mom
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   Posted 12/3/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys.
The surgeon is pretty good about explaining things.  My daughter apparently has a high tolerance for pain so when she complains about it I get really nervous, that and the bleeding which is new.
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