Clinico-therapeutic profile of pyogenic liver abscess

J Assoc Physicians India. 1993 Mar;41(3):138-41.


Nineteen consecutive patients of pyogenic liver abscess (13 males, 6 females, mean age 45.2 +/- 6, 5 years) were studied over a period of 5 years for the clinical profile and therapeutic efficacy of percutaneous aspiration. Majority of them presented with spiking fever (94.7%), pain over right upper quadrant of abdomen (53.8%) and often with prostration and shock (31.6%). The onset has been rather acute in patients with multiple abscesses (7 cases). Ascites (10.5%), clubbing of fingers (15.8%) and splenomegaly (10.5%) were observed in cases with long duration of illness. There has been the polymorphonuclear leucocytosis (89.5%) and mild to moderate anaemia (52.6%). Jaundice (42.1%) was usually mild degree (serum bilirubin 4.6 +/- 2.4 mg/dl). The serum transaminases and alkaline phosphatase were raised in 94.9% of cases. Ultrasonography revealed predominantly hypoechoic (54.1%) areas with frequent distal acoustic enhancement and internal echoes (21.6%). Seven patients had multiple abscesses with 25 lesions (size 5.2 +/- 4.6 cms) situated mainly over antero-inferior segment of the right lobe (45.9%) of the liver. The blood and pus cultures demonstrated the micro-organisms (positive in 63.9% and 86.6% respectively) predominantly of bowel flora including facultative gram negative rods and anaerobes. Mortality was 26.5% and pleuro-pulmonary complications were the commonest (26.4%) one. 15 cases were treated by percutaneous aspiration, proper antibiotic and metronidazole with encouraging results (only two deaths). Complete resolution of abscess took place in 14.2 +/- 1.2 weeks (range 6 weeks to 7.5 months). It is emphasized that percutaneous needle aspiration is useful both for diagnosis and treatment of pyogenic liver abscess.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bacterial Infections / therapy
  • Bacteriological Techniques
  • Child
  • Drainage
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Abscess / diagnosis*
  • Liver Abscess / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ultrasonography