Value of culture of pus via percutaneous drainage under sonographic guidance in diagnosis and therapy of pyogenic liver abscess

E. Brunetti, R. Capellini, C. Meloni, R. Bruno, S. F A Patruno, T. Zanardini, C. Filice

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Abstract

Pyogenic hepatic abscess is often a serious disease, whose rates of cure are proportional to the timeliness of treatment and the correct use of antibiotics. The final choice of antibiotics should be guided by the results of a culture. Local cultures of pus are more often positive than blood cultures It is essential to plan an effective treatment regimen when dealing with immunocompromised patients. Our results, regarding 85 patients with pyogenic liver abscess, 19 of which were immunocompromised, seen at our Department from 1980 to 1992, indicate that planning the therapy on the base of blood culture alone means a 78% risk of inappropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-45
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1995

Keywords

  • Blood culture
  • Liver abscess
  • Pus culture
  • Ultrasound-guided aspiration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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