Jacobo Sabbaj, M.D.; Vera L. Sutter, Ph.D.; Sydney M. Finegold, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Bacteria commonly thought to be implicated in the cause of pyrogenic liver abscess are Escherichia coli and other Enterobacteriaceae, and Staphylococcus aureus and aerobic streptococci; in addition, "sterile" abscesses are described in many series. We have encountered 24 cases of liver abscess due to anaerobic bacteria in an 11-year period, suggesting that these organisms are a major cause of pyogenic liver abscess. Only eight of our patients also had aerobic organisms. More than one anaerobe was present in five patients. Anaerobes isolated were microaerophilic or anaerobic cocci or streptococci, 17; Fusobacterium, 4; Bacillus fragilis, 4; Bacteriodes melaninogenicus, 3; unidentified Gramnegative
Sabbaj J, Sutter VL, Finegold SM. Anaerobic Pyogenic Liver Abscess.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:829. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-829_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):829.
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