Does treatment of uncomplicated drained abscesses with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole reduce the need for alternate antibiotic therapy or repeat surgical drainage 7–14 days after treatment?

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Why is this study important?

Guidelines recommend incision and drainage (I&D) alone for the treatment of simple abscesses in the emergency department (ED).[1] With the increasing prevalence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the role of adjuvant antibiotic therapy has been revisited.

Which, if any, threats to validity are most likely to have an impact on the results and how?

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