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Percutaneous Management of Pyogenic Hepatic Abscesses

Andersson, R; Forsberg, L; Hederstrom, E; Hochbergs, P; Bengmark, S; (1990) Percutaneous Management of Pyogenic Hepatic Abscesses. HPB Surgery , 2 (3) 185 - 188. 10.1155/1990/28345. Green open access

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Twelve patients (9 men, 3 women) with a mean age of 65 (54-78) years, with pyogenic hepatic abscesses were managed by percutaneous drainage between 1979 and 1987. Biliary origin was most common (4 patients), followed by hepatic abscesses as a late postoperative complication (seen in 3 patients) and hepatic abscesses occurring in association with acute appendicitis (2 patients). The origin was unknown in 3 patients. Diagnosis was reached by computed tomography or ultrasonography with a diagnostic delay of in mean 11 days. Seventeen abscesses were found among the 12 patients. The median abscess size (maximal diameter) was 7 (1-12) cm. Nine patients were treated with percutaneous drainage with an indwelling catheter within the abscess cavity for up to 3 weeks, while 3 patients were managed with percutaneous puncture and aspiration alone. The most commonly isolated organism from the drained hepatic abscess was E. coli. The course following percutaneous treatment was uneventful, without mortality and recurrence of the hepatic abscess during follow-up. One patient required surgical drainage of an additional hepatic abscess. Percutaneous drainage of hepatic abscesses, independent of origin, thus seems as a safe and reliable method, which should be considered as the treatment of choice if facilities and knowledge of percutaneous management are provided.

Type: Article
Title: Percutaneous Management of Pyogenic Hepatic Abscesses
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1155/1990/28345
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/1990/28345
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Aged, Drainage, Female, Humans, Liver Abscess, Male, Middle Aged, Suppuration
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1314094
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