Liver Abscess

Natalie J. Török, Gregory J. Gores

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Liver abscesses do not represent a specific liver disease, but rather a final common pathway of many pathologic processes. In the preantibiotic era, liver abscesses were typically sequelae of intraabdominal infectious processes (e.g., appendicitis) or of tuberculosis. Currently, most liver abscesses are secondary to biliary tract diseases or amebiasis. Many advances, including the development of antibiotics, recognition of the role of the anaerobic bacteria, the advent of noninvasive imaging, and the use of nonsurgical drainage for pyogenic abscesses, have improved outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Gastroenterology, Second Edition
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780128124604
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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