What are the common features of the history and clinical findings of liver abscesses associated with hepatic cysts?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Robert E Glasgow, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Patients with hepatic abscesses present with abdominal pain, fever, and leukocytosis. Typically, symptoms are vague and relatively nonspecific, and as a result, diagnosis is often delayed. Clinical history is important because of associated illnesses. Those patients with amebiasis can have a history of diarrhea and weight loss, though some may be asymptomatic. Pyogenic abscesses often present with cholangitis, abdominal infections, or sepsis. Rarely, abscesses will rupture, and patients present with peritonitis.


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