Free-hand technique with ordinary antisepsis in abdominal US-guided fine-needle punctures: Three-year experience

Eugenio Caturelli, Antonio Giacobbe, Domenico Facciorusso, Maria R. Villani, Maria M. Squillante, Domenico A. Siena, Caterina Cellerino, Angelo Andriulli

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PURPOSE: To evaluate the adequacy of ordinary antisepsis in ultrasound (US)-guided free-hand fine-needle puncture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (n = 573) were performed in 456 patients. No puncture attachments, sterile gloves, or drapes or covers were used. Before each procedure the transducer was cleaned with a solution of water and 70% alcohol. No needles were contaminated. Patients were monitored for 5 days to exclude sepsis. Subsequently, the patients underwent follow-up blood and laboratory testing, including testing for hepatitis B and C markers and human immunodeficiency virus antibodies, every 3 months for 6 months. The operators underwent the same follow-up for the first 6 months and for an additional 6 months. RESULTS: No patient or operator presented with fever or sepsis or with negative viral or hepatitis markers that became positive during followup. CONCLUSION: Use of this free-hand US-guided technique with ordinary antisepsis is safe for patients and operators, and it allows savings in time and the cost of materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-723
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996


  • Abdomen, biopsy, 70.1261, 70.12985, 80.12985, 80.1261
  • Biopsies, technology, 70.12985, 80.12985
  • Ultrasound (US), guidance, 70.12985, 80.12985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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