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Liver abscess rupture in the pleural space

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel

Patient Data

Age: 30-year-old
Gender: Male

Liver ultrasound

Day 1 - USG - Liver abscess in right lobe.


Liver ultrasound (4 days later)

Day 4 - Rupture of the abscess in the right pleural space. Discontinuity is noted in right hemi diaphragm.

Case Discussion

Liver abscesses on ultrasound are typically poorly demarcated with a variable appearance, ranging from predominantly hypoechoic (still with some internal echoes however) to hyperechoic. Gas bubbles may also be seen. Doppler will demonstrate absence of central perfusion. 

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Case information

rID: 16560
Published: 28th Jan 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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