When is surgery indicated for 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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In general, abscesses are adequately managed by means of antibiotics and percutaneous drainage. If abscesses persist despite attempted percutaneous drainage, surgical drainage is indicated. Other surgical indications include large cysts at risk of rupture and abscesses not anatomically amenable to percutaneous treatment.


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