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July 15, 1944

DIAGNOSIS OF LIVER ABSCESS BY MEANS OF THOROTRAST HEPATOSPLENOGRAPHY

Author Affiliations

WASHINGTON, D. C.

From the Department of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1944;125(11):775-778. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850290015005
Abstract

From now on we must expect a great increase of amebiasis in the United States as our soldiers and sailors return home from the various theaters of war. We must be alert to the possibility of this disease not only in cases of diarrhea but in cases of vague abdominal complaint and fever not readily explained, since many of our boys may be victims of chronic amebiasis or may act as carriers. Cognizance must be taken also of the fact that amebic liver abscess may not develop until years after the primary intestinal infection has become asymptomatic, as illustrated by some of my cases.

The diagnosis of liver abscess, either amebic or pyogenic, is often difficult. It should be suspected in every case of discomfort in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen with fever, either with or without enlargement of the liver. In some cases there may be fever

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