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Curriculum based clinical reviews
Pyogenic liver abscess
  1. Gwilym James Webb1,
  2. Thomas Patrick Chapman1,
  3. Philip John Cadman2,
  4. David Angelo Gorard1
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Wycombe Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gwilym James Webb, Department of Gastroenterology, Wycombe Hospital, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2TT, UK; gwilym.webb{at}


Pyogenic liver abscess has a variable clinical presentation. Its management requires input from several disciplines and is often coordinated by a gastroenterologist. This review examines demographics, clinical presentation, aetiology, diagnosis and prognosis; a suggested management approach, including antibiotic selection, radiological intervention and indications for surgery, is offered from a physician's perspective.

  • Liver
  • Infectious Disease
  • Computer Tomography
  • Antibiotics

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