Liver Pain

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Liver Abscess

A liver abscess is a mass either attached to the liver or inside of it, which is filled with pus. Liver pain can be brought on by such a liver abscess.

Classifications

Three main types of liver abscesses are classified, which are:

Pyogenic liver abscess: This is easily the most common type, and is caused by bacteria.

Amoebic liver abscess: This form is caused by amebiasis, an infection of Entamoeba histolytica.

Fungal liver abscess: The least common type, this form is caused by fungus, usually Candida.

Symptoms

Liver abscess symptoms vary based upon the type of abscess, and the particular case. Some possible symptoms may include:

Abdominal discomfort
Anorexia
Enlarged liver
Fever
Lethargy
Pallor
Pleural effusion
Right-upper chest discomfort
Tender liver
Weight loss

Please bear in mind that these symptoms are spread out through different types of liver abscesses, and symptoms can be different from one patient to the next.



Diagnosis and Treatment

Liver abscess diagnosis may vary depending upon which classification is being considered. Some tests may include: blood tests, stool tests, liver function tests, CT scans, and others.

Treatment methods vary based upon the diagnosis and condition. Antibiotics, drainage, surgery, and potentially other methods may each be used in some situations. With treatment, the survival rate is 70-90%.

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