HAROLD O. CONN, M.D.
To the editor: Since submitting my manuscript on unilateral edema (1), I have encountered a cirrhotic patient with ascites who developed unilateral right-sided edema after a liver biopsy. The transthoracic biopsy had been done with a Klatskin modification of the Menghini needle in the 9th intercostal space without incident. Three days later the patient had fever, cough, and dullness at the base of the right hemithorax, presumed to be a pleural effusion. The right diaphragm moved normally. There was dependent unilateral edema of the right chest and abdomen that extended down to the crest of the ilium. The liver biopsy
CONN HO. Transpleural Complications of Liver Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. ;77:154. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-1-154_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(1):154.
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