C. Y. BROWN, M.D.; G. C. WALSH, M.D., F.R.C.P. (C)
Since Iversen and Roholm first popularized liver aspiration biopsy as a method of study and diagnosis of hepatic disease, refinements in the technic and the recognition of contraindications have made this a relatively safe procedure. Terry1 has recently reviewed the literature on liver aspiration biopsy back to 1939. He found that the mortality rate was 0.28 per cent in 2,469 cases. There have been, however, at least four large series2 (over 150 cases each) without serious incident. The most frequent complications reported have been (1) hemorrhage, (2) perforation of a neighboring viscus, including the gall-bladder, (3) bile peritonitis, (4) infection,
BROWN CY, WALSH GC. FATAL BILE EMBOLISM FOLLOWING LIVER BIOPSY1. Ann Intern Med. ;36:1529–1533. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-36-6-1529
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;36(6):1529-1533.
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