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HPB Surgery
Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 329-335

Percutaneous Management of Pyogenic Liver Abscesses

1Department of Radiology, Henri Mondor Hospital, Créteil, France
2Department of General Surgery, Henri Mondor Hospital, Créteil, France
3Dep. of General Surgery, Henri Mondor Hospital, 51, Ave du Mal de Lattre de Tassigny, Créteil 94010, France

Received 7 November 1988; Accepted 27 November 1988

Copyright © 1989 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.


Twenty-four pyogenic liver abscesses have been treated during a six-year period percutaneously. Percutaneous management included percutaneous drainage and fine needle aspiration under ultrasound or CT scan guidance. Percutaneous management was successful in 92% of cases, and no further treatment was required in 91% of these.

One patient died, giving a mortality rate of 4.1%. There were no complications related to this method. The authors conclude that percutaneous management of pyogenic liver abscesses should be attempted in all cases, since results compare favourably with surgical procedures.