Key words Percutaneous
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract In this study, 144 consecutive percutaneous liver biopsies performed with a 1.6 mm Menghini needle, during a 2-year period were reviewed. All the children were aged under 15 years, 57 patients less than 1 year and 87 more than 1 year. All biopsies were adequate and the mean number of portal tracts examined was 17.6 per biopsy (14.3 in patients weighing less than 10 kg and 19.1 in the others). There were no deaths and we observed only bleeding complications. In patients with normal coagulation (128 cases), 1 bleeding requiring transfusion occurred; and in patients with abnormal coagulation (16 cases), we observed 2 bleeding cases requiring transfusion. Conclusion Percutaneous liver biopsy can be performed with 1.6 mm needles in children. For increased safety, ultrasound-guided biopsies are recommended.
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