What is it?

Liver abscess is a cyst which is filled with pus. This condition can be caused by surgery, trauma or infections in nearby organs such as the bile duct, appendix, intestines or an infection that was carried by the blood from other organs. The most common reason for liver abscess is bacterial or parasite infection, such as amebiasis, which is called a pyogenic liver abscess. If left untreated, an abcess can burst and cause sepsis which can be life-threatening. There are several risk factors for liver abscess are Crohn's disease, an ongoing gastrointestinal infection, diabetes, recent abdominal surgery, recent endoscopy of the bile-draining tubes.For amebic liver abscess, risk factors may include advances age, alcoholism, immunocompromised patients, poor nutritional status and traveling to pandemic places.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Hepatorenal Syndrome
- Cholemic nephrosis
- Portal Pyemia
- Pylephlebitis
- Pylethrombophlebitis
- Hepatic Encephalopathy
- Hepatic coma
- Liver failure
- Portal Hypertension

Signs & symptoms

Liver abscess symptoms may include jaundice, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dark stools, fever, chills, loss of appetite, weight loss or weakness,sweating, pleuritis and joint pain.


Liver abscess can be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound, and an abdominal CT and MRI scans. Blood tests show signs of inflammation.


Treatment for liver abscess includes antibiotics or a combination of antibiotics and surgical drainage. This surgical procedure is called laparoscopic or percutaneous drainage and aspiration.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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