TITLE

Diagnostic biopsy for hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhosis: useful, necessary, dangerous, or academic sport?

AUTHOR(S)
Schölmerich, J.; Schacherer, D.
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Sep2004, Vol. 53 Issue 9, p1224
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article examines biopsy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in cirrhosis. HCC is the eighth most frequent tumor entity worldwide. It appears from the data that United States guided biopsy has a very high efficacy in defining HCC. A rate of 10% false negatives is probably difficult to beat by any other technique. However, a recent study following 12 cases of lesions with an initial fine needle aspiration diagnosis revealed that 10 of these patients had a HCC. Thus a negative biopsy result is probably not helpful in suspected HCC as in any other tumor.
ACCESSION #
14434498

 

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