Percutaneous Biopsy of Operable Liver Lesions: Is It Necessary or Advisable?

N Z Med J. 1996 Dec 13;109(1035):469-70.


Aim: The necessity and desirability of performing percutaneous biopsy of potentially resectable liver tumours is called into question.

Methods: Two cases are reported in which percutaneous biopsy of resectable liver tumours was performed unnecessarily and resulted in needle track seeding.

Results: In both instances patients who underwent potentially curative liver resection were rendered incurable because of biopsy track recurrence.

Conclusion: The common practice of performing percutaneous ultrasound or CT guided biopsy of potentially resectable lesions in the liver is generally neither necessary nor desirable.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / etiology
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Biopsy, Needle / adverse effects*
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / pathology*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / etiology*
  • Neoplasm Seeding*
  • Preoperative Care
  • Rectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / secondary
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed