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 …

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EUS-guided blood patch delivery during liver biopsy: nature’s gel foam

Post written by Kenneth J. Chang, MD, from the Digestive Health Institute, Chao Family Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, University of California, Irvine. These are 2 cases of EUS-guided liver biopsy where there was active blood flow within the needle tract prior to needle withdrawal. After waiting 2-3 minutes, we saw persistent flow, raising concerns that …

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EUS-guided liver biopsy

David L. Diehl, MD, FACP, FASGE, from the Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, Pennsylvania, USA discusses this article, "EUS-guided liver biopsy provides diagnostic samples comparable with those via the percutaneous or transjugular route." Endoscopic ultrasound guided liver biopsy (EUSA-LB) is an emerging technique for performing liver biopsy. In patients who …

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