Amoebic liver abscess in pregnancy

Kerry M. Read, Sue Kennedy-Andrews, David L. Gordon

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We describe the case of an amoebic liver abscess (ALA) presenting in the third trimester of pregnancy which raised both diagnostic and treatment dilemmas as well as being associated with preterm labour. Amoebic liver abscess is caused by the protozoan organism Entamoeba histolytica which is endemic in many parts of the developing world. Invasion of the colonic mucosa results in the clinical syndrome of amoebic dysentery and in some cases dissemination to the liver or other organs occurs resulting in abscess formation.1 Amoebic liver abscess is a rare complication of pregnancy and there are few reports in the world literature, these being mostly from endemic areas.2, 3, 4, 5 We present here the case of a caucasian female who presented with an amoebic liver abscess in the third trimester of pregnancy, thirteen months after returning to Australia from a short holiday in Bali.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-237
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes


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