Bad Liver Led to Death of Patient, Could Have Been Prevented

Drs. Yu and Lee reported an interesting clinical case of a 44-year-old man with diabetes and an infected liver in the March 24th, 2011 edition of New England Journal of Medicine. The term pyogenic means “puss-like” and hence the pyogenic liver is one that has a very large abscess.

This individual had diabetes which predisposed him of this condition. He had only 4 days of fever and chills before presenting to the hospital in shock. This clinical story underscores how serious a health condition diabetes is. The individual in this presentation unfortunately died despite aggressive efforts to save him. An aggressive nutritional lifestyle intervention, like personal coaching services that I offer, earlier in this person’s life could have prevented or reversed his diabetes, preventing this clinical scenario.


Chin-Wei Yu, M.D., and Ching-Hsing Lee, M.D.

N Engl J Med 2011; 364:1154March 24, 2011

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