Case Report: A patient who developed an amoebic liver abscess during treatment with interferon

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Abstract

A 65-year-old female received recombinant interferon (IFN) α-2b daily for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C. Fever (39°C or higher) developed 14 days after the start of administration. Abdominal computed tomography suggested multiple liver abscesses, which had not been detected before IFN administration. An autopsy revealed an amoebic liver abscess. A subclinical infection of Entamoeba histolytica in this case developed into amoebic liver abscess during IFN administration.

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