Know the basics
What is liver abscess?
Liver abscess is liver pus infected with small holes. The liver is an important organ with multiple functions such as storing energy, protein and removes harmful substances from the body. When liver or parasitic infection, it may appear the small hole with pus.
How common is liver abscess?
The disease is common in people who live in the tropics. The disease can occur in anyone, including men and women. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of liver abscess?
With any form of the disease, symptoms may not appear immediately. If there are symptoms, they may be: fever, chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or abdominal pain in the upper right section also takes place. There are also a number of other less common symptoms such as chest pain, loss of appetite, yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes yellow.
There may be other symptoms and signs are not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
Call your doctor if you have any of the above symptoms or signs such as severe abdominal pain, persistent high fever. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
Know the causes
What causes liver abscess?
As reasons, liver abscess has 3 main categories:
- Liver abscess caused by bacteria, usually multiple identical.
- Liver abscess caused by Ameba, mainly Entamoeba histolytica.
- Liver abscess caused by fungi, most of them Candida.
Bacteria cause liver abscess called pyogenic liver abscess. Inflammatory conditions such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, cholecystitis often cause most liver abscess. The insect parasites like amoeba also cause pus. Most of these states happen to poor sanitary conditions. Worldwide, liver abscesses are more common Ameba abscess pyogenic liver.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for liver abscess?
These factors may increase the risk of liver abscess include:
- Meals not guarantee food safety.
- Have liver problems, including liver infection or impaired hepatic function.
- Gender: women may have higher risk than men. However, the rate is not much higher.
Age: most infected age from 60 to 70 years old. Liver abscess can also occur in infants, related information and infection umbilical vein.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is liver abscess diagnosed?
Doctors often detect disease liver abscess ultrasound (using sound waves to create images of the liver. Another method used to diagnose well as a CT scan. If treatment with antibiotics is not effective, your doctor biopsies can abscess by introducing needle through the abdomen into the abscess to remove tissue and research services under the microscope. Also can perform transplants to identify a specific cause.
How is liver abscess treated?
The best method of treatment is to remove pus and antibiotics. Most patients need two to three different antibiotics. Usually, antibiotics are given intravenously until the fever and inflammation. Your doctor may use a needle inserted in liver abscess and drain the infection.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage liver abscess?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with liver abscess:
- Most people with pyogenic liver abscess will improve within 2 weeks of antibiotics and withdraw pus. For people with liver abscess caused by Ameba, within 4 to 5 days of treatment may mild fever. To curb the disease progresses, you can apply these routines as:
- Take antibiotics as directed;
- Follow-up visits as directed by your doctor;
- Wash hands before eating;
- You should contact your doctor immediately if you have abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, sweating, chills or jaundice.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Pyogenic liver abscess. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000261.htm.
October 05, 2015
Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017