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How Do I Approach Pain After Liver Biopsy?

  • Robert M. BrickleyEmail author
  • Heather A. Prunty
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Abstract

Liver biopsy is generally a safe procedure with a low complication rate. While pain after liver biopsy is common, occurring in ~ 80% of patients, the post-procedure complication rate is 0.22–1.06%. The most common significant complication is hemorrhage, but numerous other complications can occur, including pneumothorax and visceral perforation. Pain, although a frequently present post-procedure, is also the most common manifestation of biopsy-associated hemorrhage. Patients who present with significant pain after liver biopsy often require lab work, imaging studies, and sometimes special consultation.

Keywords

Liver biopsy Pain Complications Adverse events Hemorrhage Bile leak 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UPMC Department of Emergency MedicinePittsburghUSA

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