Amebic liver abscess is a collection of pus in the liver caused by the intestinal parasite Entamoeba histolytica.
Hepatic amebiasis; Extraintestinal amebiasis; Abscess - amebic liver
Amebic liver abscess is caused by Entamoeba histolytica, the same organism that causes amebiasis, an intestinal infection. The organism is carried through the blood to the liver.
Transmission occurs through ingestion of cysts in fecally-contaminated food or water, use of human waste as fertilizer, and person-to-person contact.
Risk factors for amebic liver abscess include:
Patients may or may not have symptoms of intestinal infection. Symptoms that may be present include:
These tests detect abscess in the liver:
Drink purified water and do not eat uncooked vegetables or unpeeled fruit. Public health measures include improved water purification and waste treatment for underdeveloped areas.
Practice of hand wash before eating and after defeacation.
Liver cell death
Source : Portal Content Team
Last Modified : 2/20/2020