The changing place of liver biopsy in clinical practice: an audit of an Australian tertiary hospital.
Intern Med J. 2014 Aug;44(8):805-8
Authors: Varma P, Jayasekera C, Gibson RN, Stella DL, Nicoll AJ
Liver biopsy is an important tool in hepatology, with a role now generally limited to cases of diagnostic uncertainty. A retrospective audit performed at the Royal Melbourne Hospital aimed to identify the indications for liver biopsy and its impact on management. Ten per cent (20/195) of biopsies lacked a strong clinical indication, with hepatology involvement in only 8/20. We recommend prior hepatologist assessment to minimise unnecessary biopsies.
PMID: 25081045 [PubMed - in process]