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J Radiol. 1989 Feb;70(2):75-8.

[Value of ultrasound-guided cytopuncture in the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma].

[Article in French]

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Service de Gastro-entérologie et d'Hépatologie, CHRU de Saint-Etienne, Hôpital Nord, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez.


Ultrasonically guided fine needle aspiration biopsy cytologies (external diameter inferior to 1 mm) were carried out in 28 patients with proved hepatocellular carcinoma. In all cases, the diagnosis of malignant involvement of the liver was firmly established by cytological examination. A correct diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma was made in 26 of 28 patients (sensitivity = 93%). The specificity of the procedure was 100%. No complications were observed. The present study shows that fine needle aspiration biopsy under ultrasound guidance is a safe and accurate diagnostic procedure in hepatocellular carcinoma even associated with cirrhosis.

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