Complications of Pyogenic Hepatic Abscess: Computed Tomography and Clinical Features

Dal Mo Yang, Ha Na Kim, Jee Hee Kang, Tae Seok Seo, Chul Hi Park, Hyung Sik Kim

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The purpose of this pictorial essay is to describe the computed tomography (CT) and clinical findings of the various complications of pyogenic hepatic abscesses. The CT and clinical findings of 81 patients who had a confirmed pyogenic hepatic abscess were analyzed retrospectively. Of the 81 patients, 21 cases of various complications from the pyogenic hepatic abscesses were encountered in 17 patients (21%). Two types of complications were observed in 4 patients. These complications included rupture into the pericardial cavity (n = 1), pleuropulmonary complications (n = 11), rupture into the gastrointestinal tract (n = 1), rupture into the peritoneal cavity (n = 3), rupture into the retroperitoneum (n = 1), vascular complications (n = 3), and biliary complications (n = 1). A knowledge of these complications is important for an early diagnosis and appropriate management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-317
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Computed tomography
  • Liver
  • Pyogenic abscess

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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