• aspiration;
  • liver biopsy;
  • transjugular;
  • trucut

Abstract: The results of 67 transjugular liver biopsies are described. Two failures were encountered due to inability to pass the needle into acutely angulated hepatic veins. Thirty-four patients underwent a liver aspiration biopsy using a Colapinto needle, while the remainder were biopsied using a trucut needle. The success rate with the Colapinto needle was 68% and with the trucut model, 97%. Capsular perforation occurred in three cases, but without significant morbidity or mortality. It is concluded that the trucut needle biopsy is more reliable than aspiration biopsy, when the transjugular approach is mandated, in obtaining optimal liver tissue for histopathological diagnosis.