No. These would be signs of liver and maybe coexisting heart failure. The biopsy was likely done to confirm liver damage and cirrhosis due to alcohol, hepatitis or other primary cause of liver damage. Risks of biopsy would be infection and bleeding predominantly. Was the biopsy guided by ultrasound or fluoroscopy?
No. not likely. The most likely explanation is the ascites is causing the effusion.
Bilateral pleural effusions and some ascites that was not there previously following a percutaneous liver bx. What exactly would be the cause?
Some malignancy. Not many lesions of the thoracic cage such as lung produce bilateral pleural effusion, some ascites and a metastatic focus in the liver. The most common abdominal lesion to behave in this fashion is ovarian Ca with metastasis. If you are not aware of a primary, liver bx and PET/CAT should resolve the issue so that proper treatment can be initiated. Read more...