How Do I Approach Pain After Liver Biopsy?

  • Robert M. BrickleyEmail author
  • Heather A. Prunty


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.


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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