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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Liver Abscess

  1. What is liver abscess?
  2. What is pathophysiology?
  3. What are the causes of liver abscess?
  4. What are complications of liver abscess?
Liver Abscess.
Bacterial abscess of the liver is relatively rare. It has been described since the time of Hippocrates (400 BC), with the first published review by Bright appearing in 1936. In 1938, Ochsner’s classical review heralded surgical drainage as the definitive therapy; however, despite the more aggressive approach to treatment, the rate of mortality has remained at 60-80%.

The development of new radiologic techniques, the improvement in microbiologic identification, and the advancement of drainage techniques have decreased mortality rates to 5-30%; yet, the incidence has remained relatively unchanged. Untreated, this infection remains uniformly fatal.

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