Subphrenic abscess

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Subphrenic Abscess

Subphrenic abscess is a disease characterized by an accumulation of infected fluid between the diaphragm, liver, and spleen.[1] This abscess develops after surgical operations like 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]


  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, eds. (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.

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