Original communication| Volume 37, ISSUE 4, P533-535, April 1955

Bacteriologic studies of the human liver

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      Clinical and laboratory evidence available to date suggests that the human liver, unlike that of the dog, does not contain viable bacteria.
      Thirty-nine liver biopsies and three portal vein blood samples were cultured under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Thirty-seven liver cultures were sterile. An aerobic coagulase-negative Staphylococcus was recovered from liver cultures in two instances and was thought, in both, to be a contaminant. All portal vein blood cultures were sterile.
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