Percutaneous biopsy of operable liver lesions: is it necessary or advisable?N Z Med J. 1996 Dec 13; 109(1035):469-70.NZ
The necessity and desirability of performing percutaneous biopsy of potentially resectable liver tumours is called into question.
Two cases are reported in which percutaneous biopsy of resectable liver tumours was performed unnecessarily and resulted in needle track seeding.
In both instances patients who underwent potentially curative liver resection were rendered incurable because of biopsy track recurrence.
The common practice of performing percutaneous ultrasound or CT guided biopsy of potentially resectable lesions in the liver is generally neither necessary nor desirable.