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Indian J Pediatr. 2004 Oct;71(10):899-901.

Safety of blind liver biopsy.

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  • 1Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Shabagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. karimb@bangla.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study was to observe the safety of blind liver biopsy in children.

METHODS:

One hundred fifteen consecutive liver biopsies in hospitalized children were evaluated retrospectively. Using a standard percussion technique biopsy sites were chosen and through intercostal space blind liver biopsies were performed by TruCut biopsy needle.

RESULTS:

The first biopsy sample was considered macroscopically adequate in 94.8% of cases. A definitive histological diagnosis was possible in 99.1% of cases. Sixty nine children were more than 5 years of age and of these 8 (11.6%) complained of pain at the biopsy site. External hemorrhage from the biopsy site was seen in 1 (0.9%) case but no sign of internal hemorrhage was detected during the 24 hours follow up period. No child died following the procedure.

CONCLUSION:

Blind liver biopsy in the studied hospitalized children was found to be a safe procedure.

PMID:
15531831
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