Percutaneous myocardial biopsy of the left ventricle. Experience in 198 patients.

@article{Shirey1972PercutaneousMB,
  title={Percutaneous myocardial biopsy of the left ventricle. Experience in 198 patients.},
  author={E K Shirey and William A. Hawk and D. P. Mukerji and D B Effler},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={1972},
  volume={46 1},
  pages={112-22}
}
A thin-walled Silverman needle has been used for 254 percutaneous punch biopsies of the left ventricle in 198 patients with closed chests at the Cleveland Clinic. The technic is described. The biopsy specimens were adequate for diagnosis in 192 patients. In all but three patients (who had lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and chronic glomerulonephritis with congestive heart failure) cardiac catheterization and selective cardioangiographic studies were performed. There was angiographic evidence… CONTINUE READING