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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 4, Issue 5, Pages 179-183
Brief Communication

Multiple Hepatic Abscesses Following Yersinia Enterocolitica Septicemia

Franco Colizza, Serge LePage, Jean-François LaJoie, Raymond Duperval, André Marcoux, Jacques Mongeau, and Denis Bergeron

Centre Hospitalier Universitatire de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Received 20 July 1989; Accepted 31 January 1990

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Septicemia from Yersinia enterocolitica is unusual. Hepatic involvement occurring in this clinical setting is a rare complication. A case of a 64-year-old man who developed septicemia from Y enterocolitica is reported. Abdominal ultrasound and computerized axial tomography scan revealed multiple defects in liver parenchyma compatible with abscesses. After treatment with intravenous aminoglycosides followed by trimethoprim-sulfomethoxazole, recovery was complete. General considerations regarding the manifestations and pathogenesis of Y enterocolitica are discussed, with a review of the literature.