Gigantic amoebic liver abscess in pregnancy : A case report

Chiam, K .H. and Yvonne Ai, Lian Lim and Rohela, Mahmud and Romano, Ngui and Lee, Lee Low (2015) Gigantic amoebic liver abscess in pregnancy : A case report. Tropical Biomedicine, 32 (4). pp. 699-703. ISSN 2521-9855

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Amoebic liver abscess in pregnancy is genuinely rare in its presentation. Yet, the main issue surrounding this agenda is the diagnostic challenge that it poses especially when symptomatology is vague and clues are subtle which altogether evades the diagnosis proper. We would like to dwell mainly on these issues in hopes of enlightening clinicians towards these diagnostic dilemmas. We report an extremely rare case of amoebic liver abscess occurring in the third trimester of pregnancy in a 29-year-old lady living in an interior village in Sabah. It was a combination of biochemical, radiographic and molecular investigations that ultimately led to the final diagnosis. In lieu of the high risk of mortality amongst pregnant mothers afflicted with amoebic liver abscess, the inherent need for early diagnosis requiring a high index of suspicion is vital. Elevated alkaline phosphatase alongside neutrophilia appears to be the most consistent liver parameters in guiding clinicians towards the presence of liver abscess.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Amoebic liver, symptomatology, diagnostic, third trimester of pregnancy.
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 06:34
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 06:34

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