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Hepatic Abscess: Case Report And Review

Authors
Journal
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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Publisher
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Publication Date
Volume
14
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5811/westjem.2012.10.13268
Keywords
  • Diagnostic Acumen
  • Case Review
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Hepatic abscess is an uncommon occurrence in North America, but can be a diagnostic challenge for emergency department physicians. The clinical signs and symptoms may vary, leading to delays in diagnosis and higher morbidity. We present a case of a 35-year old male with a hepatic abscess initially misdiagnosed as pneumonia. On subsequent return to the ED for back pain complaints, a bedside ultrasound led to the appropriate diagnosis. This case report and discussion will attempt to review the literature on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of hepatic abscess for the emergency physician.

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