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Liver abscess and disseminated intravascular coagulation in tuberculosis.
  1. M. R. Nampoory,
  2. M. M. Halim,
  3. R. Sreedharan,
  4. N. A. al-Sweih,
  5. R. K. Gupta,
  6. J. N. Constandi,
  7. K. V. Johny
  1. Department of Medicine, Radiology and Microbiology, Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital, Ministry of Public Health, Kuwait.

    Abstract

    We report the case of a 55-year-old man with chronic renal failure, and a history of prolonged fever and jaundice. Radiological studies revealed a multiloculated irregular liver abscess. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from the abscess on smear and culture of aspirated pus. Haematological studies revealed the presence of disseminated intravascular coagulation. A detailed search failed to identify any reason for this other than the tuberculous infection. The treatment of tuberculous liver abscess and pathogenesis of disseminated intravascular coagulation in tuberculosis are discussed.

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