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What are the chances of infection and bleeding following a liver biopsy?

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Dr. Lance Stein
Internal Medicine - Hepatology
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In brief: Small

Infection is extremely rare after a liver biopsy.
Bleeding is quite common as the liver is a highly vascular organ but significant bleeding that leads to blood transfusion or hospitalization is quite rare and now reported to be less than 1% of patients. Other rare risks include perforation of another organ such as the lungs, gallbladder, kidney, or intestines.

In brief: Small

Infection is extremely rare after a liver biopsy.
Bleeding is quite common as the liver is a highly vascular organ but significant bleeding that leads to blood transfusion or hospitalization is quite rare and now reported to be less than 1% of patients. Other rare risks include perforation of another organ such as the lungs, gallbladder, kidney, or intestines.
Dr. Lance Stein
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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Low

The chances of infection and bleeding are low, but not zero.
Bleeding is more likely than infection and could happen as often as 2.5 percent of the time.

In brief: Low

The chances of infection and bleeding are low, but not zero.
Bleeding is more likely than infection and could happen as often as 2.5 percent of the time.
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Fairly low

Bleeding is the common complication of a liver biopsy.
If done with aseptic technique, the risk of infection is very low.

In brief: Fairly low

Bleeding is the common complication of a liver biopsy.
If done with aseptic technique, the risk of infection is very low.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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In brief: Rare

Death 1/10, 000.
Severe bleeding 1/500 or 0.4%. Pain 20%. Infection - rare. Puncture lung - rare. 1-3% of people getting liver biopsy require hospitalization because of complications.

In brief: Rare

Death 1/10, 000.
Severe bleeding 1/500 or 0.4%. Pain 20%. Infection - rare. Puncture lung - rare. 1-3% of people getting liver biopsy require hospitalization because of complications.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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In brief: Low

Normally the procedure is done under strict meassures of antisepsis and cleanigness , change of bleading is extrematelly low and per se mortality is aprox.
To 0.008 to 0.031 %.

In brief: Low

Normally the procedure is done under strict meassures of antisepsis and cleanigness , change of bleading is extrematelly low and per se mortality is aprox.
To 0.008 to 0.031 %.
Dr. Hector Gerardo Amaya Chinchilla
Dr. Hector Gerardo Amaya Chinchilla
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