Pyogenic liver abscess

Changing epidemiology and prognosis

Mack Land, Mohammed Moinuddin, Alan L. Bisno

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We reviewed the clinical features, methods of diagnosis, and outcome of 31 patients with pyogenic liver abscess seen at a private community hospital between 1973 and 1980. Two patient groups emerged. Group 1 consisted of 25 patients who had classical signs and symptoms of primary liver abscess. Group 2 consisted of six patients, most with underlying malignancy, in whom liver abscess(es) occurred as part of a septicemic process involving multiple other sites. The mortality was 0% in group 1 and 100% in group 2. Further analysis of the patients in group 1 revealed that (1) in contrast to findings of older studies, pyogenic liver abscess is now largely a disease of older adults who often have no identifiable predisposing process; (2) newer noninvasive imaging techniques greatly facilitate a firm diagnosis; and (3) the prognosis for such patients has become remarkably good, perhaps because of earlier diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1426-1430
Number of pages5
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume78
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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Pyogenic Liver Abscess
Epidemiology
Liver Abscess
Private Hospitals
Community Hospital
Signs and Symptoms
Early Diagnosis
Mortality

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Pyogenic liver abscess : Changing epidemiology and prognosis. / Land, Mack; Moinuddin, Mohammed; Bisno, Alan L.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 78, No. 12, 01.01.1985, p. 1426-1430.

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Land, Mack ; Moinuddin, Mohammed ; Bisno, Alan L. / Pyogenic liver abscess : Changing epidemiology and prognosis. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1985 ; Vol. 78, No. 12. pp. 1426-1430.
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