Semin intervent Radiol 2009; 26(4): 358-360
DOI: 10.1055/s-0029-1242207

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Hemorrhage after Transjugular Liver Biopsy Requiring Embolization

Brian Funaki1
  • 1Section of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
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Publication History

Publication Date:
17 November 2009 (online)

Transjugular liver biopsy was first described by Dotter in 1964[1] and usually performed when direct percutaneous biopsy is contraindicated due to coagulopathy or perihepatic ascites. Arterial bleeding after biopsy requiring embolization is rare.


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  • 3 Lynskey G E, Levy E B, Banovac F. Two cases of major hemorrhage secondary to transjugular liver biopsy.  Semin Intervent Radiol. 2007;  24 320-323


  • 4 Mammen T, Keshava S N, Eapen C E et al.. Transjugular liver biopsy: a retrospective analysis of 601 cases.  J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2008;  19 351-358

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