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Am J Gastroenterol. 1996 Jun;91(6):1251-3.

Pylephlebitis: a case report and review of outcome in the antibiotic era.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Affiliated Hospitals at Canton 44708, USA.


Pylephlebitis or septic thrombophlebitis of the portal vein, a precursor of hepatic abscesses, is an extremely rare and frequently fatal complication of diverticulitis. The following report describes a patient presenting with pylephlebitis and complicated diverticulitis. Diagnosis was confirmed by computed tomography. The patient had a favorable outcome with medical and surgical therapy, prompting us to evaluate historical treatment of pylephlebitis.

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