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Amebic liver abscess: sonographic and clinical observations on 20 patients
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PMID:  7187541     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A retrospective analysis of 20 patients with amoebic liver abscesses was performed. Seven of 20 patients had more than one abscess. In all, 33 separate abscesses were observed. The diagnosis was based on clinical findings such as malaise, fever, abdominal discomfort, and pain in the right abdomen, haematological and serological anomalies, such as leukocytosis, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and slightly elevated liver enzymes. The serological investigation included complement fixation, indirect haemagglutination, and latex fixation test; this latter test produced strong reactions in all patients with acute symptoms. The typical ultrasonographic pattern resembled that of a minor echogenic lesion at the time of diagnosis and initiation of therapy. However, in a few acutely ill patients the lesions could not be identified by ultrasonography on first examination, but were clearly identifiable on second investigation on the following days. This finding has not been published previously. It may be observed in a very early stage of the disease only and is, therefore, dependent on rapid diagnosis of amoebiasis. During the follow-up investigations of three months to one year, the majority of abscesses could still be identified.
P Kern; M Hazay; M G Hartmann
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultraschall in der Medizin (Stuttgart, Germany : 1980)     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0172-4614     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultraschall Med     Publication Date:  1982 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-01-07     Completed Date:  1984-01-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303585     Medline TA:  Ultraschall Med     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  ger     Pagination:  7-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Vernacular Title:
Amöbenleberabszess: Sonographische und klinische Verlaufsbeobachtung bei 20 Patienten.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnosis, Differential
Follow-Up Studies
Liver Abscess, Amebic / diagnosis*

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