Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD
- Pyogenic liver abscesses can be caused by
- Intra-abdominal infection progressing to peritonitis which then drains into liver
- Bacteremia leading to hematogenous spead and seeding
- Local biliary infection with contiguous spread
- Patients typically present with signs of sepsis or septic shock and the abscess can be diagnosed using ultrasound or CT
- Treat with IV fluids, broad spectrum antibiotics, and consultation for drainage
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Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD