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Can trauma cause hepatic abscess?
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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Trauma can injure the liver, causing devitalized tissue which can get infected resulting in abscess, but this is not the usual scenario.
If the liver is injured, fluid or blood can collect around or within the liver, which can secondarily get infected and result in an abscess. Depending on the size and presentation, drainage and antibiotics are often indicated.

In brief: Yes
Trauma can injure the liver, causing devitalized tissue which can get infected resulting in abscess, but this is not the usual scenario.
If the liver is injured, fluid or blood can collect around or within the liver, which can secondarily get infected and result in an abscess. Depending on the size and presentation, drainage and antibiotics are often indicated.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Liver trauma usually results in some part (even if it is small) of the liver tissue dying.
Though the rest of the liver generally regenerates, if this dead liver tissue is exposed to enough bacteria, then you can get a hepatic abscess. This is very rare, even after major liver trauma.

In brief: Yes
Liver trauma usually results in some part (even if it is small) of the liver tissue dying.
Though the rest of the liver generally regenerates, if this dead liver tissue is exposed to enough bacteria, then you can get a hepatic abscess. This is very rare, even after major liver trauma.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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