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Tropical liver abscess: diagnosis and management 

Tropical liver abscess: diagnosis and management
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Tropical liver abscess: diagnosis and management
Author(s):

Marcus Eder

, and Amber Arnold

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665754.003.0015
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date: 29 October 2020

There is a broad differential for a patient returning from the tropics with an infection. Physicians must focus on the timing (i.e. the possible incubation period of the disease), the person (i.e. risk factors for acquiring disease), and the place (i.e. exact geography of travel) to make a realistic differential diagnosis. In this chapter a case of amoebic liver abscess (ALA) in a returning traveller is presented. Diagnosis of ALA and differentiating between amoebic and pyogenic liver abscess is included. The management of amoebic liver abscesses is discussed including the role of antimicrobial therapy, as well as the assessment of fever in a returning traveller.

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