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Indian Journal of Surgery
Medknow Publications on behalf of Association of Surgeons of India
ISSN: 0972-2068
Vol. 64, No. 6, 2002, pp. 516-519
Bioline Code: is02008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol. 64, No. 6, 2002, pp. 516-519

 en Percutaneous Catheter Drainage of Liver Abscesses
Sumit Kapadia, Dipesh Duttaroy, Pranav Ghodgaonkar, Sandip Maru


During a period of 32 months, 25 patients with liver abscess underwent percutaneous drainage under sonographic guidance - 22 had solitary abscess, while 3 had multiple abscesses. Pigtail catheters of various sizes were introduced in these patients using the Seldinger technique. The volume of pus drained ranged from 120 to 2500 ml, while the period of catheter drainage ranged from 6 to 38 days. Complications were minor and included catheter blockage in 3 patients, dislodgment in 3, tract pain and infection in 2 patients each. There was no mortality associated with this procedure. This study shows a success rate of 88% (successful treatment in 22 out of 25 patients). Hence this study confirms that percutaneous catheter drainage of liver abscesses is successful with a low morbidity and mortality and should be the first line of management in liquefied moderate to large sized liver abscesses.

Abscess, liver, Amoebic, Pyogenic, Ultrasonography, Percutaneous

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