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Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Aug;18(8):1322-5. doi: 10.3201/eid1808.111053.

Klebsiella pneumoniae in gastrointestinal tract and pyogenic liver abscess.

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  • 1Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.


To determine the role of gastrointestinal carriage in Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess, we studied 43 patients. Bacterial isolates from liver and fecal samples from 10 patients with this condition and 7 healthy carriers showed identical serotypes and genotypes with the same virulence. This finding indicated that gastrointestinal carriage is a predisposing factor for liver abscess.

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