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Liver abscess caused by periodontal bacterial infection with Fusobacterium necrophorum.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Hepatology research : the official journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
Publication Date
Volume
41
Issue
2
Pages
194–196
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1872-034X.2010.00748.x
PMID: 21269389
Source
Medline

Abstract

Liver abscess is recognized as a life-threatening disease. However, even in recent years, approximately 50% of liver abscess cases are considered to be cryptogenic. Here, we report a case of liver abscess associated with periodontal bacterial infection by Fusobacterium necrophorum, which is commonly found in the oropharyngeal flora. A 36-year-old man presented with fever and contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography revealed multiple liver abscesses. F.necrophorum was isolated from oral smears, liver aspirates and blood samples. Liver abscesses caused by periodontal bacterial infection are rare, however, the incidence is expected to increase in the future, as periodontitis is extremely common and is on the rise as one of the most common chronic infections in the world. A systemic survey including periodontitis may be required for the exact diagnosis of the source of infection.

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