Liver abscess

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Liver abscess
Leberabszess - CT axial PV.jpg
Liver abscess on axial CT image: a hypodense lesion in the liver with peripherally enhancement.
Classification and external resources
Specialty gastroenterology
ICD-10 K75.0
ICD-9-CM 572.0
DiseasesDB 22094
MedlinePlus 000261
eMedicine med/1316
MeSH D008100

A liver abscess is a pus-filled mass inside the liver.[1] Common causes are abdominal infections such as appendicitis or diverticulitis due to haematogenous spread through the portal vein.[2]


A large pyogenic liver abscess presumed to be the result of appendicitis

There are three major forms of liver abscess, classified by etiology:


Major bacterial causes of liver abscess include the following:[3]

However, as noted above, many cases are polymicrobial.


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