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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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