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Amebic Liver Abscess

Amebic liver abscess is rare in the United States except in those who have traveled to/from tropical areas with poor sanitation.

AMEBIC LIVER ABSCESS

Amebic liver abscess is rare in the United States except in those who have traveled to/from tropical areas with poor sanitation. The causative organism is Entamoeba histolytica . The presentation, which may occur years after travel, includes RUQ pain, fever, and hepatic tenderness.

 

Detection of a space-occupying liver lesion with positive serology is diagnostic.

 

Treatment is antibiotics. Drainage is rarely necessary.

 

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