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Presse Med 1997 Mar 1;26(6):262-264

Percutaneous hepatic puncture biopsy in ambulatory care. 231 patients.

[Article in French]

Bourgaux JF, al Chaar K, Barki J, Ribard D, Raffanel C, Balmes JL

Service d’Hepato-Gastroenterologie, Hopital Caremeau, Nimes.

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to verify that percutaneous liver biopsy does not require prolonged hospitalization over 24 hours and can be performed in a day care clinic without increased morbidity.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Two hundred thirty-one outpatients underwent percutaneous liver biopsies in a day care clinic from November 1, 1994 to June 30, 1996. There were 136 men and 95 women, mean age 39.5 years, age range 16-72 years. Liver biopsy was performed as part of the work-up for Hepatitis C in 183 patients. The biopsy was a repeat procedure in 43 patients.

RESULTS:

The procedure was uneventful in 230 patients. Hospitalization for 24 hours was required in one patient with a biliodigestive anastomosis who developed chills and fever due to Eschericia coli bacteremia. Two procedures were unsuccessful.

CONCLUSION:

This series confirms that when performed in compliance with standard rules for strictly controlled indications, morbidity after percutaneous liver biopsy is not greater in an outpatient than a classical inpatient setting.

PMID: 9122122, UI: 97252888