How Do I Approach Pain After Liver Biopsy?
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.
KeywordsLiver biopsy Pain Complications Adverse events Hemorrhage Bile leak