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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 8

Chronological changes of factors associated with pyogenic liver abscess, NHI database, Taiwan, 1996–2004*

Year (no. cases) Abscess drainage, no. (%) Biliary procedure, no. (%) Renal disease, no. (%) Diabetes mellitus, no. (%) Hepatobiliary malignancy, no. (%) Other malignancy, no. (%) Pneumonia, no. (%) Heart disease, no. (%) Deaths, no. (%)
1996 (2,400) 589 (24.5) 316 
(13.2) 123 
(5.1) 696 
(29) 149 
(6.2) 81 
(3.4) 132 
(5.5) 137 
(5.7) 296 (12.3)
1997 (2,607) 729 
(28) 389 
(14.9) 156 
(6) 819 
(31.4) 210 
(8.1) 106 
(4.1) 155 
(5.9) 154 
(5.9) 308 (11.8)
1998 (1,831) 932 (32.9) 473 
(16.7) 161 
(5.7) 911 
(32.2) 276 
(9.7) 124 
(4.4) 168 
(5.9) 186 
(6.6) 340 (12)
1999 (3,098) 1,055 (34.1) 480 
(15.5) 198 
(6.4) 1,005 (32.4) 302 
(9.7) 137 
(4.4) 179 
(5.8) 194 
(6.3) 351 (11.3)
2000 (3,394) 1,190 (35.1) 484 
(14.3) 258 
(7.6) 1,139 (33.6) 292 
(8.6) 171
(5) 193 
(5.7) 198 
(5.8) 348 (10.3)
2001 (3,671) 1,233 (33.6) 515 
(14) 286 
(7.8) 1,241 (33.8) 340 
(9.3) 203 
(5.5) 246 
(6.7) 254 
(6.9) 418 (11.4)
2002 (3,891) 1,355 (34.8) 604 
(15.5) 279 
(7.2) 1,339 (34.4) 372 
(9.6) 206 
(5.3) 290 
(7.5) 264 
(6.8) 410 (10.5)
2003 (3,820) 1,387 (36.3) 519 
(13.6) 281 
(7.4) 1,411 (36.9) 347 
(9.1) 195 
(5.1) 282 
(7.4) 290 
(7.6) 381 (10.0)
2004 (3,991)
1,498 (37.5)
548 
(13.7)
221 
(5.5)
1,343 (33.7)
344 
(8.6)
260 
(6.5)
303 
(7.6)
267 
(6.7)
388 (9.7)
Change per y, % +1.38 (–0.10) +0.17 +0.69 +0.20 +0.31 +0.28 +0.17 (–0.31)
r 0.88 –0.23 0.46 0.86 0.49 0.93 0.90 0.75 –0.91
p value† 0.002 0.547 0.208 0.003 0.179 <0.001 0.001 0.020 0.001

*NHI, National Health Insurance; r, Pearson correlation coefficient.
†p<0.05 is considered statistically significant.

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