BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006964

An unusual presentation of an amoebic liver abscess: the story of an unwanted souvenir

  1. C F Kiire2
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Southport District General Hospital, Southport, UK
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Southport District General Hospital, Southport, UK
  3. 3Department of Microbiology, Southport District General Hospital, Southport, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Vikram Swaminathan, vikramswaminathan{at}


This case was rather unusual with regard to the disease presentation. The patient had non-specific symptoms of weight loss and general malaise, without any history of preceding diarrhoea or dysentery. It is important to be aware of the epidemiology of the disease, and to relate it to patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of amoebiasis. We discuss the recommended investigations and management options for these patients based on the current guidelines/evidence.

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