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Volume 14, Number 10—October 2008

Research

Pyogenic Liver Abscess as Endemic Disease, Taiwan

Feng-Chiao Tsai, Yu-Tsung Huang, Luan-Yin Chang, and Jin-Town WangComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei;

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Table 2

Incidence rates and deaths from pyogenic liver abscess, National Health Insurance database, Taiwan, 1996–2004*

Year Case-patients with pyogenic liver abscess
Deaths from pyogenic liver abscess
Female Male Total Female Male Total
1996 945 (9.03) 1455 (13.15) 2400 (11.15) 112 (1.07) 184 (1.66) 296 (1.38)
1997 1045 (9.88) 1562 (13.99) 2607 (11.99) 135 (1.28) 173 (1.55) 308 (1.42)
1998 1130 (10.58) 1701 (15.13) 2831 (12.91) 151 (1.41) 189 (1.68) 340 (1.55)
1999 1162 (10.78) 1936 (17.11) 3098 (14.02) 138 (1.28) 213 (1.88) 351 (1.59)
2000 1300 (11.94) 2094 (18.38) 3394 (15.24) 147 (1.35) 201 (1.76) 348 (1.56)
2001 1453 (13.25) 2218 (19.39) 3671 (16.38) 160 (1.46) 258 (2.25) 418 (1.87)
2002 1406 (12.74) 2485 (21.64) 3891 (17.28) 151 (1.37) 259 (2.26) 410 (1.82)
2003 1434 (12.93) 2386 (20.72) 3820 (16.90) 143 (1.29) 238 (2.07) 381 (1.69)
2004
1502 (13.47)
2489 (21.57)
3991 (17.59)

149 (1.34)
239 (2.07)
388 (1.71)
p value† <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.224 <0.001 <0.001

*Data are presented as number (rate per 100,000 population).
†χ2 goodness-of-fit test. p<0.05 is considered statistically significant.

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