Endoscopic ultrasound–guided liver biopsy: needle types and suction methods

Post written by Catherine Vozzo, DO, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio.

Endoscopic ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is gaining traction amongst the advanced endoscopy and hepatology community. It is safe and effective at delivering adequate liver biopsy specimens. In this tools and techniques article, we describe the variety of needles and suction techniques utilized for endoscopic ultrasound-guided liver biopsy.

There are a variety of suction techniques and needle options available, which can lead to confusion amongst gastroenterologists, trainees, advanced endoscopists, and endoscopy technicians alike. This video demonstrates each needle type and the suction techniques that can been utilized for EUS-guided liver biopsy. 

While many suction techniques and needle types have been studied, there is currently no consensus on optimal tool and technical approach to EUS-guided liver biopsy.

Read the full article online.

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