liver abscessmedical dictionary

<hepatology> A condition where there is a pus-filled cavity in the liver secondary to a bacterial infection.

Liver abscess may result from sepsis, intestinal perforation, post-operative infection, appendicitis, diverticulitis, trauma (to the liver) or cholangitis.

Other nonbacterial causes of liver abscess include amoebiasis, due to infection with Entamoeba histolytica (protozoan).

(24 Mar 2004)