Needle biopsy of the liver
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The value of liver biopsy depends first, on adequate tissue for the pathologist to examine and second, on the astuteness of the pathologist. Minor changes in the microscopic picture can make a great difference in the diagnosis. The value of our biopsies has increased as our pathologists have had more experience with them. A pathologist experienced in interpretation of specimens of needle biopsies of the liver is essential to successful diagnosis.
Using the subcostal approach in patients with palpable livers, and the thoracic or intracostal approach in those whose livers were not experienced in interpretation of specimens of needle biopsies of the liver is essential to successful diagnosis.
KeywordsPublic Health Liver Biopsy Needle Biopsy Microscopic Picture Adequate Tissue
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