Chapter 13. Complications of Liver Biopsy

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine2,3,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist4 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor5,6
  1. Ramsey C. Cheung MD Associate Professor of Medicine

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch13

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Cheung, R. C. (2008) Complications of Liver Biopsy, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 3

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 4

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 5

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 6

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • complications of liver biopsy;
  • contraindications for percutaneous liver biopsy;
  • liver biopsy;
  • pseudoaneurysms and arteriovenous fistulae;
  • hemobilia;
  • bile peritonitis with or without gallbladder perforation;
  • aspiration of bile in suction syringe at biopsy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Complications

  • Further reading