Subphrenic abscess

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Subphrenic Abscess
Classification and external resources
DiseasesDB 12587
MeSH D013369

Subphrenic abscess is a disease characterized by an accumulation of infected fluid between the diaphragm, the liver and the spleen.[1] This abscess develops after surgical operations like bowel perforation or splenectomy. Presents with cough, increased respiratory rate with shallow respiration, diminished or absent breath sounds, hiccups, dullness in percussion, tenderness over the 8th-11th ribs, fever, chills, anorexia and shoulder tip pain on the affected side. Lack of treatment or misdiagnosis could quickly lead to sepsis, septic shock, and death.[2] It is also associated with peritonitis.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Banerjee, Arpan K. (2006). Radiology Made Easy (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 92. ISBN 0-521-67635-5. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  2. ^ R.F. Dondelinger, P. Rossi, J.C. Kurdziel, S. Wallace, ed. (1990). Interventional Radiology. Thieme Publishing Group. p. 110. ISBN 3-13-728901-7. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Subphrenic Abscess". National Library of Medicine - Medical Subject Headings. Retrieved 3 February 2011.