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Liver Abscess

Liver Abscess Causes

Abscess may accumulate in the liver as a result of amebic dysentery or blood poisoning. Amebic liver abscess usually arises as a consequence of an intestinal infection cause by an organism called Entamoeba histolytica. In addition, the following risk factors may play a role: malnutrition, aging, pregnancy, cancer, steroid use, immunosuppression, excessive alcohol use, as well as recent travel to a tropical region known for Entamoeba histolytica infections.

Liver Abscess Definition

Liver abscess pertains to a condition characterized by the presence of pus or abscess in the liver.

Liver Abscess Diagnosis

Tests used to determine liver abscess include: abdominal imaging studies such as a CT scan or MRI; abdominal ultrasound; liver biopsy; liver scan; complete blood count; liver function tests; and a serology exam to screen for amebiasis.

Liver Abscess Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms of liver abscess include: appetite loss; unintended weight loss; fever; general malaise; nausea; abdominal pain and tenderness; right shoulder pain; chills or shivering; joint pain; jaundice; sweating as well as an enlarged, tender, and painful liver.

Liver Abscess Treatment

The preferred choice of treatment for liver abscess is a medication called metronidazole (Flagyl). In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to drain the abscess and relieve some of the symptoms, particularly chronic abdominal pain.

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