Abdominal lesions: a prospective study of clinical efficacy of percutaneous fine-needle biopsy.


A prospective study was undertaken to assess the contribution of percutaneous fine-needle biopsy (PFNB) to the diagnostic workup and therapeutic management of 112 abdominal lesions in 106 patients (69 hepatic, 27 pancreatic, and 16 nondetermined). In 75% of the patients, PFNB contributed significantly to the diagnosis, in 22% it was of little help, and in 3… (More)