Peliosis hepatis associated with liver and retroperitoneal abscesses
Van Schil, P × Mortelmans, Luc Schoofs, E Bourgeois, N Van Hee, R Vaneerdeweg, W Vereycken, H Heytens, L #
Digestion vol:41 issue:1 pages:55-60
A 33-year-old woman was admitted because of coma and severe shock. CT-scan of the abdomen showed the presence of multiple liver abscesses associated with a retroperitoneal abscess which were drained percutaneously. A liver biopsy showed diffuse peliosis. After resolution of the abscesses the patient's general condition improved and she could be discharged from hospital. Peliosis hepatis is an uncommon disorder characterized by dilated sinusoids with formation of blood lakes. Many pathogenetic mechanisms and causal agents have been proposed. Liver biopsy is necessary to establish diagnosis. By withdrawing the offending drug or treatment of the underlying disorder, regression may be observed.