Multiple liver abscesses in a child

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Abstract

Entameba histolytica is a protozoan that usually causes procto-colitis. E. histolytica amebiasis is endemic in tropical countries but exceedingly rare in the US Amebic liver abscess commonly presents with fever, abdominal distension, right upper quadrant pain/tenderness, hepatomegaly, and tachycardia. We discuss the presentation/diagnosis of amebiasis in a child who had visited Mexico and the difficulty of early diagnosis when there is no evidence of intestinal infection. Ultrasonography and/or CT were essential diagnostic tools and an IgG antibody study confirmed the diagnosis. Management included oral metronida-zole and abscess drainage.

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K. Shah, R. , K. Sethi, V. , J. Bridges, W. and O. Johnson, A. (2012) Multiple liver abscesses in a child. Open Journal of Pediatrics, 2, 288-290. doi: 10.4236/ojped.2012.24048.

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