E. R. MOVITT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In the course of the last six years 529 needle biopsies of the liver were performed in this hospital. Somewhat less than one half of these biopsies were obtained from patients with jaundice. The procedure was carried out with the Vim-Silverman needle. There were no fatalities. However, serious complications arose in two patients: post-puncture hemorrhage from the liver in one, and biliary peritonitis in the other, necessitating surgical intervention in both instances.
It is not the purpose of this article to present a statistical analysis of this material, as such will be done at another time. Rather, it is intended
MOVITT ER. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF "REGURGITATION" JAUNDICE: THE RÔLE OF NEEDLE LIVER BIOPSY1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:932–951. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-5-932
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(5):932-951.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Liver Disease.
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