Imaging of hepatic infections

Clin Radiol. 2006 Sep;61(9):737-48. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2006.03.010.

Abstract

Imaging plays a significant role in the detection, characterization and treatment of hepatic infections. Infectious diseases of the liver include pyogenic and amoebic abscesses and parasitic, fungal, viral and granulomatous infections. With increases in worldwide travel, immunosuppression and changing population demographics, identification of cases of hepatic infection is becoming more common in daily practice. Knowledge of the imaging features seen with hepatic infections can assist in early diagnosis and timely initiation of appropriate therapy. This review presents the imaging appearances of hepatic infections, emphasizing specific features that may contribute to the diagnosis. Examples of the imaging findings seen with pyogenic and amoebic abscesses, infection with Echinococcus granulosus (Hydatid), schistosomiasis, candidiasis and tuberculosis (TB) are presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infections / diagnosis*
  • Liver Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods