Tuberculous abscess of the liver in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

J Clin Gastroenterol. 1991 Oct;13(5):549-53. doi: 10.1097/00004836-199110000-00015.


We present two human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive patients; each was diagnosed with tuberculous abscess of the liver and treated with good clinical response. A review of the literature indicates there is no typical clinical presentation. A high index of suspicion plus special stains of tissue material are required to make the diagnosis in appropriate patients, especially because this is a treatable condition even in patients with AIDS.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Adult
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Abscess / drug therapy
  • Liver Abscess / epidemiology
  • Liver Abscess / microbiology*
  • Male
  • Tuberculosis, Hepatic / complications*
  • Tuberculosis, Hepatic / drug therapy
  • Tuberculosis, Hepatic / epidemiology


  • Antitubercular Agents