ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Radiologic Management of Infected Fluid Collections

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Infected fluid collections are common and occur in a variety of clinical scenarios throughout the body. Minimally invasive image-guided management strategies for infected fluid collections are often preferred over more invasive options, given their low rate of complications and high rates of success. However, specific clinical scenarios, anatomic considerations, and prior or ongoing treatments must be considered when determining the optimal management strategy. As such, several common scenarios relating to infected fluid collections were developed using evidence-based guidelines for management. The American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria are evidence-based guidelines for specific clinical conditions that are reviewed annually by a multidisciplinary expert panel. The guideline development and revision include an extensive analysis of current medical literature from peer reviewed journals and the application of well-established methodologies (RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method and Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation or GRADE) to rate the appropriateness of imaging and treatment procedures for specific clinical scenarios. In those instances where evidence is lacking or equivocal, expert opinion may supplement the available evidence to recommend imaging or treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S265-S280
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020


  • AUC
  • Abscess
  • Appropriate Use Criteria
  • Appropriateness Criteria
  • Infected fluid collections
  • Interventional approaches
  • Intra-abdominal collection
  • Percutaneous drainage
  • Radiologic management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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