TELFER B. REYNOLDS, M.D.
Diagnosing liver abscess has been simplified in recent years by the rapid development of modern scanning methods using technetium-99m sulfur colloid, gallium-67, ultrasound, and computed tomography. Patients with liver abscess usually present with right upper quadrant pain or tenderness and signs of sepsis. Differential diagnosis includes acute cholecystitis, cholangitis, subphrenic and subhepatic abscess, malignancy, and acute alcoholic hepatitis. Necrotic tumor, amebic abscess, and pyogenic abscess are the leading possibilities if semisolid or liquid intrahepatic lesions are found on scanning. Infected hydatid cyst is an additional consideration in patients from an endemic area. The diagnosis of amebic abscess is suggested largely
REYNOLDS TB. Medical Treatment of Pyogenic Liver Abscess. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:373–374. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-3-373
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(3):373-374.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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