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An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms at the site of infected tissue. An abscess can form in the brain and cause pain, swelling and tenderness.
Bacteria are a common cause of the infections that form abscesses.
Based at Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence Hyperbaric Medicine is Oregon's only 24-hour hospital-based hyperbaric service.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pressurized chambers with a 100 percent oxygen environment counter the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, and decompression illness in scuba divers, as well as promote tissue healing in patients with impaired circulation due to diabetes, trauma and radiation therapy.