Community-acquired Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: an emerging infection in Ireland and Europe

Infection. 2013 Jun;41(3):681-6. doi: 10.1007/s15010-013-0408-0. Epub 2013 Feb 5.


Introduction: Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as a predominant cause of community-acquired mono-microbial pyogenic liver abscess. This was first described in Taiwan and has been widely reported in Asia. This infectious entity has been described in Europe, with single case reports predominating.

Methods: We present three cases in one year from our institution in Ireland and review the European literature to date.

Results/conclusion: Klebsiella pneumoniae invasive liver abscess syndrome is now emerging in Europe and notably is not restricted to individuals of Asian descent.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / microbiology
  • Community-Acquired Infections / epidemiology*
  • Community-Acquired Infections / microbiology
  • Europe / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Klebsiella Infections / epidemiology*
  • Klebsiella Infections / microbiology
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae / isolation & purification*
  • Liver Abscess / epidemiology*
  • Liver Abscess / microbiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged