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Pyogenic liver abscess is a pus-filled area in the liver.
Liver abscess; Bacterial liver abscess
There are many potential causes of liver abscesses, including:
The most common bacteria that cause liver abscesses are:
In most cases, more than one bacteria is found.
Tests may include:
Treatment usually consists of surgery or going through the skin with a needle or tube (percutaneous) to drain the abscess. Along with this procedure, you will receive long-term antibiotic therapy (usually 4 - 6 weeks). Sometimes antibiotics alone can cure the infection.
Even with treatment this condition can be life-threatening in 10-30% of patients. The risk is higher in people who have many abscesses.
Life-threatening sepsis can develop.
Call your health care provider if you have:
Prompt treatment of abdominal and other infections may reduce the risk of developing a liver abscess. Many cases are not preventable.
Chung RT, Friedman LS. Bacterial, parasitic, and fungal infections of the liver, including liver abscess. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2006: chap 79.