Complications of ultrasound-guided fine-needle biopsy of the spleen: Report on 110 patients and review of the literature

M. Di Stasi, L. Buscarini, L. Cavanna, S. Rossi, E. Buscarini, M. Silva

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Abstract

The data on 110 patients who underwent ultrasound-guided fine-needle biopsies of the spleen (either with focal lesions or with a homogeneous echo pattern) were reviewed. Aspiration needles were employed in 41% of the biopsies and cutting needles in 59%. All patients were assessed 24 h after the biopsy by clinical examination, abdominal ultrasound and a full blood count. Only one minor complication occurred, that of a spontaneously resolving subcapsular haematoma undetected at the assessment 24-h post-FNB, which was subsequently diagnosed 1 week post biopsy. Eight other similar series were found in the literature. In these series, five non-fatal complications were reported out of a total of 364 patients (morbidity rate 1.4%). We also reviewed one fatal case where fine-needle biopsy of an abscess at the splenic hilum occurred. The data from our series, and from the published literature, show that the risk involved in performing ultrasound guided line needle biopsy of the spleen is negligible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Interventional Radiology
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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