Percutaneous liver biopsy: a cause of hepatic portal venous gas

Uei Pua
December 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;12/14/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 18, pE861
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 72-year-old man who went through computed tomographic (CT)-guided biopsy of a mass in the liver due to his hepatitis B condition. The biopsy which was conducted using a coaxial technique showed the presence of a linear streak of gas at the site of the diagnostic test with portal venous gas. The portal venous gas had been considered as a rare condition associated with mesenteric ischemia and bowel necrosis with a potentially fatal outcome.


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