ALBERT I. RUBENSTONE, M.D.; SOLOMON S. MINTZ, M.D.; DAVID R. MERANZE, M.D.
It is the purpose of this paper to present a case of fulminating bile peritonitis and death following liver needle biopsy and to point out the hazard of this procedure in cases of obstructive jaundice.
No case of death due to bile peritonitis following liver needle biopsy has as yet been reported. Several authors list this danger as a theoretical possibility (Roholm, Krarup and Iversen,1 Hoffbauer2). The former believe that in two instances of liver needle biopsy they aspirated pure bile from either a large dilated bile duct or from the gall-bladder. Since the first use of liver needle biopsy
RUBENSTONE AI, MINTZ SS, MERANZE DR. A CASE OF FATAL BILE PERITONITIS FOLLOWING LIVER NEEDLE BIOPSY1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:166–168. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-1-166
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(1):166-168.
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