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J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2016 Jun 28;4(2):158-68. doi: 10.14218/JCTH.2016.00004. Epub 2016 Jun 15.

The Evolving Nature of Hepatic Abscess: A Review.

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1
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, ME, USA.
2
Department of Radiology, UCONN Health, Farmington, CT, USA.
3
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology-Hepatology, UCONN Health, Farmington, CT, USA.

Abstract

Hepatic abscess (HA) remains a serious and often difficult to diagnose problem. HAs can be divided into three main categories based on the underlying conditions: infectious, malignant, and iatrogenic. Infectious abscesses include those secondary to direct extension from local infection, systemic bacteremia, and intra-abdominal infections that seed the portal system. However, over the years, the etiologies and risks factors for HA have continued to evolve. Prompt recognition is important for instituting effective management and obtaining good outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Iatrogenic disease; Liver abscess; Liver neoplasms; Risk factors

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