The efficacy of liver biopsy under ultrasonographic guidance on an outpatient basis

Stefano Spiezia, Antonio Salvio, Carolina Di Somma, Caterina Scelzi, Angelo Pio Assanti, Francesco Giannattasio, Maria Varriale, Mario Visconti

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Objective: To evaluate the safety and compliance of outpatient echo-guided liver biopsy (ELB) when compared to those performed on inpatients (IP). Methods: From June 1996 to November 2000, we carried out 418 ELB on patients with diffuse liver disease: 246 inpatients (IP ELB) and 172 in a Day Hospital setting (DH ELB). The same inclusion and exclusion criteria were followed for both groups of patients, performing the same echo-guided intercostal liver biopsy with free-hand technique and post biopsy assessment with colordoppler examination; post biopsy follow-up consisted of 6-h bed rest and blood pressure and heart rate monitoring up to discharge. DH patients were discharged 8 h after biopsy, if they did not live further than a 30-min trip from the hospital. In both groups, the following data was evaluated: death rate, sample adequacy, number of passages, major and minor complications, pain score. Results: The data analysed in our series show that ELB DH presents no fundamental differences in morbidity and mortality when compared to ELB IP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Ultrasound
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002


  • Day hospital
  • Diffuse chronic hepatitis
  • Interventional ultrasound
  • Liver biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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