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Postoperative packing of perianal abscess cavities (PPAC2): randomized clinical trial. 

Newton K, Dumville J, Briggs M, Law J, Martin J, Pearce L et al, for the PPAC2 Collaborators.

Br J Surg 2022; 109: 951–957.

Packing increased postoperative pain scores (P<0.0001) in this study that included 433 procedures, without increasing the risk of recurrent abscess: 6 versus 3 per cent, P=0.2.

Comment: Simple study with an important message.

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