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Portal pyaemia secondary to colonic perforation


Portal pyaemia or pylephlebitis is a form of septic (often suppurative) thrombophlebitis of the portal venous system. It may develop as a complication of intra-abdominal sepsis, such as diverticulitis or appendicitis. Patients typically present with a high fever that is sometimes accompanied by jaundice. We report a case of portal pyaemia associated with multiple liver abscesses and discuss the medical and surgical management of this condition.

  • general surgery
  • gastrointestinal surgery
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