Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man

Jesse E. Thompson, Julie Freischlag, David S. Thomas

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A case report of a 36-year-old black homosexual man with right upper- and lower-quadrant abdominal pain is presented. When exploratory surgery for appendicitis was performed, an abscess, consistant with an amebic abscess, was encountered in the right lobe of the liver. This abscess was evacuated, and a drain was placed. A serum sample taken at the time of surgery showed high titers of antibody to Entamoeba histolytica; metronidazole therapy was instituted, and the patient made an uneventful recovery. Since amebiasis is epidemic in the gay community, health care personnel should be aware of the various modes of transmission, as well as of the diagnoses, optimal management, and indications for surgery in patients with amebic liver abscess. It is noted that amebic liver abscess appears to be a less frequent complication of amebiasis among the male homosexual population than among other groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalSexually Transmitted Diseases
Volume10
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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Amoebic Liver Abscess
Amebiasis
Abscess
Community Health Services
Entamoeba histolytica
Metronidazole
Appendicitis
Health Personnel
Abdominal Pain
Antibodies
Liver
Serum
Population
Sexual Minorities
Therapeutics

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  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Thompson, J. E., Freischlag, J., & Thomas, D. S. (1983). Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 10(3), 153-155.

Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man. / Thompson, Jesse E.; Freischlag, Julie; Thomas, David S.

In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1983, p. 153-155.

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Thompson, JE, Freischlag, J & Thomas, DS 1983, 'Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man', Sexually Transmitted Diseases, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 153-155.
Thompson JE, Freischlag J, Thomas DS. Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 1983;10(3):153-155.
Thompson, Jesse E. ; Freischlag, Julie ; Thomas, David S. / Amebic liver abscess in a homosexual man. In: Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 1983 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 153-155.
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