Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 67–69 | Cite as

Percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the pancreas resulting in death

  • Daniel P. Levin
  • Patrice M. Bret


Percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the pancreas presents a slightly higher risk of complications than does biopsy of other abdominal organs, occasionally leading to death. In the case we discuss, computed tomographic (CT)-guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration biopsy of a pseudolesion of the uncinate process resulting in hemorrhagic pancreatitis and the death of the patient within 1 week of the procedure.

Key words

Pancreas, percutaneous fine-needle biopsy Hemorrhagic pancreatitis 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel P. Levin
    • 1
  • Patrice M. Bret
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyMontreal General HospitalMontrealCanada

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