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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1];Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Yamuna Kondapally, M.B.B.S[2]

Overview

Surgery is not the mainstay of treatment. Percutaneous needle aspiration and surgical open drainage are the surgical methods used to treat amoebic liver abscess.[1][2]

Surgery

Surgery is not the mainstay of treatment. It is rarely required.

Percutaneous needle aspiration

  • Indications for the drainage of amoebic liver abscess include:[1][2]
  • Percutaneous needle aspiration is mostly recommended for large abscesses.
  • This method is indicated when the abscess is not getting aspirated with needle or failure of ultrasound guided aspiration

Surgical open drainage

Surgical open drainage is rarely required and Indicated in the following conditions:

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 vanSonnenberg E, Mueller PR, Schiffman HR, Ferrucci JT, Casola G, Simeone JF; et al. (1985). "Intrahepatic amebic abscesses: indications for and results of percutaneous catheter drainage". Radiology. 156 (3): 631–5. doi:10.1148/radiology.156.3.4023220. PMID 4023220.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Aucott JN, Ravdin JI (1993). "Amebiasis and "nonpathogenic" intestinal protozoa". Infect Dis Clin North Am. 7 (3): 467–85. PMID 8254155.

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