For a simple cutaneous abscess, does packing after incision and drainage reduce recurrence?

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EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWERPacking a drained abscess of the trunk or extremities (excluding hands, feet, perirectal, genital, pilonidal, and hidradenitis abscesses) in an immunocompetent patient probably does not reduce the risk of recurrence. Packing may increase postprocedure pain (SOR: B, low-quality RCTs).

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