Bacterial infections of the liver

  • Hilmar Wisplinghoff
  • Darryn L. Appleton
Part of the Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases book series (BAID)


Bacterial infections of the liver can be categorised into three entities: acute bacterial hepatitis, bacterial liver abscesses and granulomatous liver disease caused by bacteria. A broad spectrum of bacteria has been implicated in different forms of hepatic infections, and a wide variety of systemic bacterial infections affect the liver during the course of infection. Clinical symptoms, causative pathogens and therapeutic approaches overlap widely. Most bacterial infections that affect the liver cause secondary hepatitis with only discrete clinical and laboratory findings. Standard diagnostic procedures including physical examination, imaging and microbiological cultures will usually be sufficient to detect and ascertain the bacterial causes of hepatitis. Therapy of bacterial infections of the liver usually includes antimicrobial chemotherapy according to standard guidelines for the underlying disease and the identified pathogen as well as additional invasive therapy which may be required for certain manifestations.


Liver Abscess Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Hepatic Abscess Pyogenic Liver Abscess Miliary Tuberculosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hilmar Wisplinghoff
    • 1
  • Darryn L. Appleton
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Medical Microbiology, Immunology and HygieneUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Department for Internal MedicineVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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