Epidemiology

Liver abscess is an uncommon disease. The annual incidence is approximately 3.6 per 100,000 in the US and the UK[2][4] and ranges from 8 to 20 cases per 100,000 hospital admissions in most series.[2][5][6] The annual incidence of liver abscess may be higher in parts of Asia (e.g., approximately 15 cases per 100,000/year in Taiwan).[7][8] Most cases of amoebic infections occur in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.[9] Amoebiasis (and subsequent amoebic liver abscess) in developed countries is seen most commonly in immigrants and travellers from endemic areas.[10][11]

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