Complication amoebic liver abscess still a significant health problem in the tropics: 3 clinical case reports

  • EJ Peters Department of Medicine University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. Nigeria
  • AU Etiuma Department of Surgery, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar, Nigeria
  • DU Eduwem Department of Radiology University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Calabar, Nigeria
  • VO Ansa Department of Medicine University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. Nigeria

Abstract

Amoebic liver abscess still poses a serious clinical problem in tropical countries. Here we describe three complicated cases to illustrate the magnitude this disease condition could assume in the tropics. Limited access to health facilities as well as poverty and ignorance result in patients presenting late, often with complications, which compounds the problem of differential diagnoses. The need for improved sanitary conditions, and qualitative health care delivery in the tropics to positively alter the epidemiology of this disease becomes more imperative.

KEY WORDS: Amoebic liver abscess, complications, tropics.

(Global J Med Sci: 2003 2(1): 65-70)
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