Delayed Bleeding after Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

  • Yaniv Dotan Department of Internal Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa
  • Matthias Carlebach Department of Gastroenterology, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa
  • Eli Zuckerman Liver Unit, the Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center, Haifa
  • Musa Maruf Department of Emergency Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa
  • Elad Schiff Department of Internal Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa


Percutaneous liver biopsy, cirrhosis, bleeding


Percutaneous liver biopsy (PLB) is a common procedure in patients with liver disease. Bleeding after PLB is rare, with an incidence of 0.35%. Most bleeding complications present within 24 h after biopsy. A 56-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital due to severe and sudden right upper quadrant (RUQ) abdominal pain 10 days after ultrasound (US)-guided PLB. CT study revealed both intrahepatic and intraperitoneal bleeding, and Hb levels decreased by 3.2 g/dl within a few hours. Such a prolonged delay in PLB-related bleeding has not been previously described in the medical literature.



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  • Published: 2016-02-18

    Issue: Vol. 3 No. 2 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Dotan Y, Carlebach M, Zuckerman E, Maruf M, Schiff E. Delayed Bleeding after Percutaneous Liver Biopsy. EJCRIM 2016;3 doi:10.12890/2016_000359.