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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 5

Demographic data on patients with primary pyogenic liver abscess from NTUH and NHI databases, Taiwan, 2000–2004*

Item NHI database NTUH p value†
Total no. case-patients 13,672 506 (3.70)
Age, y, range (median) 0–100 (59.95) 0–90 (57.50)
Age, y, mean (SD) 58.31 (16.37) 55.92 (16.93) 0.001
Hospitalization, mean (SD) 17.32 (12.80) 30.13 (34.08) <0.001
M/F, no. (%)
8,652/5,020 (63.3/36.7)
329/177 (65.0/35.0)
0.426
Diabetes mellitus, no. (%) 5,428 (39.7) 140 (27.7) <0.001
Cirrhosis, no. (%) 1,153 (8.4) 19 (3.8) <0.001
Renal disease, no. (%) 1,113 (8.1) 47 (9.3) 0.355
Hypertension, no. (%) 1,947 (14.2) 88 (17.4) 0.047
Heart disease, no. (%) 1,038 (7.6) 53 (10.5) 0.017
Cerebrovascular accident, no. (%) 461 (3.4) 17 (3.4) 0.988
Other malignancy, no. (%) 930 (6.8) 77 (15.2) <0.001
Sepsis, no. (%) 3,252 (23.8) 137 (27.1) 0.089
Meningitis, no. (%) 155 (1.1) 6 (1.2) 1.000
Endophthalmitis, no. (%) 226 (1.7) 10 (2.0) 0.593
Pneumonia, no. (%) 1,141 (8.3) 54 (10.7) 0.064
Urinary tract infection, no. (%) 916 (6.7) 20 (4.0) 0.015
Acute viral hepatitis, no. (%) 400 (2.9) 10 (2.0) 0.211
Peptic ulcer, no. (%) 1,161 (8.5) 20 (4.0) <0.001
Abscess drainage, no. (%) 4,795 (35.1) 292 (57.7) <0.001
Biliary procedure, no. (%) 790 (5.8) 15 (3.0) 0.007
Deaths, no. (%) 1,410 (10.3) 31 (6.1) 0.002

*Data expressions and statistical methods in this table are the same as in Table 1. NTUH, National Taiwan University Hospital; NHI, National Health Insurance.
†p<0.05 is considered statistically significant.

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