October 1980

Liver Abscess as a Late Complication of Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine "B" (Drs Klein, Lewinski, Cohen, and Djaldetti) and Surgery "A" (Dr Chaimoff), Hasharon Hospital, Petah-Tiqva, Israel, and Tel Aviv (Israel) University Medical School. Dr Djaldetti is an Established Investigator of the Chief Scientist's Bureau, Ministry of Health, Israel.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(10):1233-1234. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380100075018

• Percutaneous liver biopsy is a widely used diagnostic procedure. Severe complications accompanying its performance with Menghini's needle are rare. In one patient, a liver abscess developed one month following a diagnostic biopsy. To our knowledge, this unusual complication has not been mentioned in large series reviewing liver biopsy complications.

(Arch Surg 115:1233-1234, 1980)