How is amebic liver abscess distinguished from other hepatic conditions?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Amebic liver abscess should be distinguished from pyogenic liver abscess, necrotic hepatoma, and echinococcal cyst. The likelihood that a liver abscess is amebic rather than pyogenic is increased by a history of residence in or recent travel to endemic areas; male sex; increased age (> 50 years); the presence of a single lesion in the right lobe of the liver; and the absence of jaundice, biliary disease, or diabetes mellitus.


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