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The incidence and risks of liver biopsy in non-cirrhotic patients: An evaluation of 3806 biopsies
  1. Jee-Fu Huang1,
  2. Ming-Yen Hsieh2,
  3. Chia-Yen Dai2,
  4. Nai-Jen Hou3,
  5. Li-Po Lee4,
  6. Zu-Yau Lin5,
  7. Shinn-Chern Chen5,
  8. Liang-Yen Wang5,
  9. Ming-Yuh Hsieh5,
  10. Wen-Yu Chang5,
  11. Ming-Lung Yu5,
  12. Wan-Long Chuang6
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  2. 2Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  3. 3Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  4. 4Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  5. 5Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  6. 6Faculty of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  1. Correspondence to:
    Ming-Lung Yu
    M.D., Ph.D., Hepatobiliary Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, 100 Tzyou 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan;fishya{at}ms14.hinet.net; fish6069{at}gmail.com

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Liver biopsy plays a crucial role in the diagnosis and management of liver diseases. For the past decade, this invasive procedure has become a safe one with the prevailing application of an ultrasound-guided method, the use of thinner gauge needles and improved operational techniques. Over the past years, the debatable issue of liver biopsy has mainly focused on the safety and suitability of a shorter observation time with respect to cost savings.1–3 Referring to this issue, Beddy et al even shortened their observation time to 1 hour and indicated that only one haemorrhagic complication occurred within one hour amongst 500 liver biopsy occasions. …

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