Ultrasound and hepatic abscess: A successful alliance for the internist

Published: 6 August 2019
Author(s): A. Boccatonda, D. D'Ardes, G. Cocco, F. Cipollone, C. Schiavone
Issue: August 2019
Section: Letter to the Editor

even if liver abscess is a rare disease, with an incidence ranging from about 8 to 20 cases/100000 hospital admissions, it is related to high mortality rates. Mortality ranges between 8% and 31% [1,2], although the use of more effective antibiotics and percutaneous drainage (percutaneous puncture or puncture with a fine needle) [3–5] has improved survival rates. Clinical presentation is no specific, displaying several common manifestations, such as fever and malaise. Furthermore, laboratory tests such as increased white blood cell count and liver transaminases, low albumin levels, elevated bilirubin and increased international normalized ratio are nonspecific, depending on the degree of abscess extent.