26 September 2017 : Case report
Klebsiella Pneumoniae Liver Abscess: A Case Series of Six Asian Patients
Rare coexistence of disease or pathologyKaterina G. Oikonomou1E, Myint Aye1F*
Am J Case Rep 2017; 18:1028-1033
BACKGROUND: Liver abscesses represent a serious infection of hepatic parenchyma and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The emergence of a new hypervirulent variant of Klebsiella pneumoniae, which can cause serious infections in the Asian population, is under investigation. We report a case series of six Asian patients hospitalized at our institution from January 2013 to November 2015 for liver abscess due to Klebsiella pneumoniae.
CASE REPORT: Charts of six Asian patients were retrospectively reviewed. Four patients were male and two were female. The mean age was 53 years (range: 35–64 years). All patients had no known past medical history of immunodeficiency. Three patients had multiple liver abscesses at the time of initial presentation. In five patients, the source of entry of the pathogenic microorganism was unknown and in one patient the suspected source of entry was the gastrointestinal tract. In three patients there was also concomitant Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteremia. The mean duration of antibiotic treatment was seven weeks and the mean duration of hospital stay was 13.5 days.
CONCLUSIONS: Liver abscess should always be included in the differential diagnosis in cases of sepsis without obvious source and/or in the clinical scenarios of fever, abdominal pain, and liver lesions.
Keywords: Klebsiella pneumoniae, Liver Abscess, Pyogenic, Sepsis
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