Liver Abscess

A liver abscess is a pus-filled mass in the liver that can develop from injury to the liver or from an intra-abdominal infection disseminated from the portal vein. An untreated hepatic abscess is nearly uniformly fatal as a result of complications that include sepsis, empyema, or peritonitis from rupture into the pleural or peritoneal spaces, and retroperitoneal extension.

A pyogenic liver abscess can be fatal if it's not treated promptly.
  • Symptoms
  • Fever

    • Less than 38°C (100. 4°F), Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F)

    • With chills


    Abdominal pain

    • Pain radiates to shoulder

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    • Gets more intense with motion

    • Steady

    • In the upper right region




    Feel like vomiting

    or Throwing up

    Weight loss

    Yellow eyes or skin

    Poor appetite


    Excessive sweating

    • Occurs or worsens at night

    Cough with mucus or without mucus

    or Chest discomfort

    • Occurs or worsens with deep inspiration

    • Center of the chest, Right side

    or Difficulty breathing

  • Risk factors
  • Liver cirrhosis

    Falling sick easily

    Diabetes mellitus

    Use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors

  • Treatment
  • Treatment usually consists of placing a tube through the skin into the liver to drain the abscess. Less often, surgery is needed. You will also receive antibiotics for about 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes, antibiotics alone can cure the infection.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Liver Abscess, then visit a gastroenterologist as soon as possible.

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