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Case Report Amebic liver abscesses resulting in diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infection
Seok Weon Kim, Hyeok Choon Kwon, Seung Woo Nam, Jong Kyung Choi, Joo Won Chung, Dong Won Jang, Soo Yoen Park
Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science 2017;34(1):96-100
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.2017.34.1.96
Published online: June 30, 2017
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. hchkwon@naver.com
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Amebic liver abscess (ALA) is the most common extraintestinal manifestation of amebiasis. Amebiasis, a parasitic infection caused by Entamoeba histolytica, used to be a prevalent protozoan disease in Korea, however, with an improving sanitary system, it has been among very uncommon etiology of liver abscess. A recent report suggested that ALA is an emerging parasitic infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients even in areas where the disease is not endemic and recommended HIV screening in patients in areas where ALA is not endemic, particularly those without history of travel to a disease-endemic area. We report on two patients who were admitted for treatment of ALA and then diagnosed as HIV infection. We also reviewed the etiology and characteristics of ALA in our hospital during the last 5 years.

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