Post Earthquake rise in Amebic Liver Abscesses

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Post Earthquake rise in Amebic Liver Abscesses

Abdul Khalid*, Tariq Baqai*, Ejaz Ahmed** and Imtiaz Ahmed*
*Department of Medicine, ** Department of Radiology
Azad Jammu Kashmir Medical College, AJK University, Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir

Objective: Study the post earth quake incidence of amebic liver abscess in the worst affected area of Muzaffarabad,
Azad Kashmir
Study Design: Retrospective, descriptive observational study.
Place and duration of study: Departments of Medicine and Radiology Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIMS) Muzaffarabad. The study included data from 2001 to 2012.
Material and Methods: The records of patients with diagnosis of liver abscess confirmed on ultrasound examination
were examined.
Results: There was 5.5 fold rise in cases of liver abscess following the earthquake. That high incidence remained
stable for three years from 2006 to 2009. It normalized to pre earthquake levels in 2010.
Conclusion: Amebiasis is a common and serious infectious disease in developing countries. It should be kept in
mind in the differential diagnosis of all cases of pyrexia of unknown origin in catastrophic events with destruction
of infrastructure and disruption of water supply systems.
Keywords: Amebiasis, Liver abscess, Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir


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