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Evaluation of a new fine needle technique in routine percutaneous liver biopsy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2330167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A new fine needle aspiration biopsy technique (Vacu-Cut, 19.5 G) was compared to the 17 G Menghini needle in 20 consecutive patients scheduled for routine percutaneous liver biopsy (10 at random with each needle). The Menghini system was superior in producing sufficient material for histological assessment with 90% success on first pass biopsy (100% with 12 passes in 11 patients) as compared to 60% with the Vacu-Cut needle (90% with 16 passes in 10 patients). The latter was easier to use. Ability to reach a histological diagnosis was 100% with both needles. No major complications occurred: only one Vacu-Cut patient (10%) developed pain at the puncture site as compared to seven patients (65%) in the Menghini group, irrespective of number of passes. The ease of use and lower incidence of pain may favour the Vacu-Cut needle in selected ill patients.
G Ali; R Lübcke; M Schlup; G O Barbezat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1990 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-31     Completed Date:  1990-05-31     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  184-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, University of Otago School of Medicine, Dunedin.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Biopsy, Needle / instrumentation,  methods*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Liver / pathology*
Liver Diseases / pathology*
Middle Aged

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