Letters

Liver biopsy

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6981.738b (Published 18 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:738

Interventional radiology teams can provide prompt analgesia and care monitoring

  1. R F Arrow,
  2. D E Malone,
  3. G W Stevenson
  1. Clinical fellow Associate professor Professor Department of Radiology, McMaster University Medical Centre, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5, Canada

    EDITOR,—In their editorial on whether ultrasound guidance for percutaneous liver biopsy is appropriate Guy Vautier and colleagues comment that “the biopsy is usually done in a radiology department, which means that the patient would be waiting to return to a ward without being observed.”1 We agree that it is inappropriate to leave patients unobserved after percutaneous liver biopsy, particularly because at least 60% of complications occur soon after the procedure is completed.2

    We believe that observation and monitoring of patients after percutaneous liver biopsy are an integral part of the procedure. In our institution liver biopsies …

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