Transjugular liver biopsy--indications, adequacy, quality of specimens, and complications--a systematic review.

@article{Kalambokis2007TransjugularLB,
  title={Transjugular liver biopsy--indications, adequacy, quality of specimens, and complications--a systematic review.},
  author={George Kalambokis and Pinelopi Manousou and Shusang Vibhakorn and Laura Marelli and Evangelos C Cholongitas and Marco Senzolo and David W. Patch and Andrew K. Burroughs},
  journal={Journal of hepatology},
  year={2007},
  volume={47 2},
  pages={284-94}
}
Transjugular liver biopsy (TJLB) is considered an inferior biopsy, used when percutaneous liver biopsy (PLB) is contraindicated. According to recent literature, specimens with 6 complete portal tracts (CPTs) are needed for histological diagnosis of chronic liver disease but 11 CPTs to reliably stage and grade. Mean CPT number in PLB series is 7.5; more passes increase complications. Sixty-four series reporting 7649 TJLBs were evaluated for quality of specimen and safety. Major indications were… CONTINUE READING
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