, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 681–686 | Cite as

Community-acquired Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: an emerging infection in Ireland and Europe

  • R. Moore
  • D. O’SheaEmail author
  • T. Geoghegan
  • P. W. G. Mallon
  • G. Sheehan
Brief Report



Klebsiella pneumoniae has emerged as a predominant cause of community-acquired mono-microbial pyogenic liver abscess. This was first described in Taiwan and has been widely reported in Asia. This infectious entity has been described in Europe, with single case reports predominating.


We present three cases in one year from our institution in Ireland and review the European literature to date.


Klebsiella pneumoniae invasive liver abscess syndrome is now emerging in Europe and notably is not restricted to individuals of Asian descent.


Klebsiella pnemoniae Liver abscess Virulence factors OPAT Interventional radiology 



We would like to thank Dr. Jane Turton of the Health Protection Agency, Colindale, London, UK, for conducting capsular serotyping of the K. pneumoniae isolates and the typing for virulence determinants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Moore
    • 1
  • D. O’Shea
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • T. Geoghegan
    • 2
  • P. W. G. Mallon
    • 1
    • 3
  • G. Sheehan
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Infectious DiseasesMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyMater Misericordiae University HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.School of Medicine and Medical SciencesUniversity College DublinDublinIreland
  4. 4.Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alberta HospitalWalter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences CentreEdmontonCanada

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