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Case Reports in Hepatology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 536167, 3 pages
Case Report

Propionibacterium acnes Pyogenic Liver Abscess and Pylephlebitis

Department of Infectious Diseases, University of South Carolina, 2 Medical Park, Suite 205, Columbia, SC 29203, USA

Received 8 July 2011; Accepted 15 August 2011

Academic Editors: C. Miyabayashi, G. Papatheodoridis, and F. Pérez Roldán

Copyright © 2011 Arash Poursina and Sharon Weissman. 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.


Reported is an unusual case of pyogenic liver abscess and septic thrombophlebitis of the portal vein in a 44-year-old male caused by Propionibacterium acnes successfully managed with a combination of percutaneous drainage and antimicrobial therapy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of this bacterium isolated in pure culture as the sole etiologic organism of pyogenic liver abscess and pylephlebitis in an adult patient.