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A rare case of Fusobacterium necrophorum liver abscesses

Faris Hannoodi, Hussam Sabbagh, Zain Kulairi, Sarwan Kumar
  • Hussam Sabbagh
    Department of Internal Medicine, Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, United States
  • Zain Kulairi
    Department of Internal Medicine, Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, United States
  • Sarwan Kumar
    Department of Internal Medicine, Crittenton Hospital, Rochester, MI; Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, United States

Abstract

Liver abscesses are an uncommon disease that can present with vague symptoms. Fusobacterium necrophorum causing liver abscesses is a rare condition and only a few cases have been reported. An 88-year-old female presented to her primary care physician with one week of fevers, night sweats, chills, fatigue and vague right upper quadrant abdominal pain. She denied nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and unintentional weight loss. A computed tomography scan of the abdomen showed two liver abscesses in the right lobe as well as extensive diverticulosis. Percutaneous drainage was performed and draining catheters were placed in the abscesses. Culture of the abscess fluid grew Fusobacterium necrophorum. She was treated with ceftriaxone and metronidazole as per sensitivities. Rare cases of F. necrophorum hepatic abscesses have been published. The source of infection described in reported cases included hematogenous spread from dental caries/peritonsillar abscess and those involving the gastrointestinal tract resulting from inflammation of the bowel wall or from inflamed diverticuli via the portal circulation. In one study, thirteen cases of liver abscess due to F. necrophorum were studied, and two of these cases had diverticular disease without inflammation.

Keywords

Liver abscess; diverticulosis; Fusobacterium necrophorum.

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