Research Article

Ultrasound-Guided Liver Biopsy: Single Center Experiences


  • Mehmet Onay
  • Çetin Murat Altay
  • Ali Burak Binboğa

Received Date: 30.09.2021 Accepted Date: 16.11.2021 J Ankara Univ Fac Med 2022;75(1):97-102


The aim of this study was to investigate the safety and efficiency of ultrasound-guided tru-cut liver biopsy (US-TLB) for grading liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis.

Materials and Methods:

Between June 2016 and June 2021, patients who underwent US-TLB were reviewed retrospectively. Patients’ demographics, biopsy indication, and complication rates were noted. The efficiency of the biopsy was determined according to the adequacy of the tissue sample. Re-biopsy was considered as inefficient biopsy. Massive bleeding, pneumothorax and death were determined as major complications. Other complications were noted as minor complications. The relationship between morbidity and mortality rates, complication rates and biopsy indications were investigated.


A total of 1195 liver parenchymal biopsies were performed in 1143 patients. Major complication rate was 0.16% (n=2) and minor complication rate was 6.1% (n=73). Major complications were massive abdominal bleeding at the rate of 0.08% (n=1) and pneumothorax at the rate of 0.08% (n=1). Minor complications were pain at the biopsy site requiring medication in 3.2% (n=39), self-limiting subcapsular hematoma not requiring transfusion in 2.1% (n=26), and syncope in 0.6% (n=8), respectively. US-TLB effectiveness was 95.5%. There was no mortality.


To grade the liver fibrosis of patients with chronic hepatitis, adequate pathological specimens can be obtained with high success rates in US-TLB. US-TLB is a safe and effective method in patients with chronic hepatitis.

Keywords: Liver Biopsy, Complication Rates, Tru-Cut Biopsy

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