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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology, Second Edition|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2019|
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