Multiple liver lesions in an immunosuppressed patient: Is infection always the answer?

Nihal M. Hamouda, Rayna M. Grothe, Samar H. Ibrahim

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Pylephlebitis with associated liver abscesses is a rare complication of Crohn's disease that usually presents in the setting of active disease and recent escalation of the immunosuppressive regimen. Here we describe a 17-year-old female patient with active Crohn's disease who presented with a clinical picture and hepatic radiographic findings concerning for pylephlebitis and associated liver abscesses but subsequently confirmed to be an atypical form of focal fatty liver infiltration. We describe the diagnostic difficulty this unique distribution of hepatic fatty infiltration can present and highlight the importance of the different imaging studies to differentiate between atypical focal fatty infiltration and pylephlebitis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-331
Number of pages5
JournalCase Reports in Gastroenterology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Focal fatty liver disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver abscess
  • Pylephlebitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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