Is liver biopsy in gallbladder operations still indicated?

Mayer, M.; Ritter, S.; Simon, U.; Buchholz, J.

Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen 61(8): 592-594


ISSN/ISBN: 0009-4722
PMID: 2226029
Document Number: 366252
Biopsy of the liver with the Tru-cut needle was done as a routine diagnostic procedure during gallbladder surgery in 166 cases. The data of history, ultrasonography and laboratory were compared with the microscopic liver findings. Preoperatively in 89% of the cases there was an indication for liver biopsy. In 11% of the cases, where there was no indication for preoperative biopsy, we found severe changes in liver histology. Therefore we recommend liver biopsy during gallbladder surgery as a routine procedure.

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