Comparison of endoscopic ultrasound biopsy needles for endoscopic ultrasound-guided liver biopsy

Armen Eskandari, Patrick Koo, Heejung Bang, Dorina Gui, Shiro Urayama

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Background/Aims: To compare the performance of latest commercially available endoscopic ultrasound biopsy needles. Methods: Six latest commercially available needles were tested on a freshly harvested bovine liver; the tested needles included three 19 G, one 20 G, and two 22 G needles. Five biopsies were performed per needle with 10 mL of wet suction. The primary outcome was the number of complete portal tracts (CPTs) per needle aspirate. The secondary outcomes were the mean specimen length and mean fragment length. Analysis of variance and Tukey’s test were applied. Results: All 19 G needles and the 20 G needle yielded similar mean CPTs and were superior to the SharkCore 22 G needle (p<0.001 adjusted for multiplicity). There was no statistically significant difference in total specimen length among the three 19 G needles and the 20 G needle tested. The two 22 G needles performed similarly with respect to the number of CPTs, mean fragment length, and mean specimen length (adjusted p=0.07, p=0.59, and p=0.10, respectively). Conclusions: The specimen adequacy was similar among the 3 latest commercially available 19 G needles. The endoscopist may choose a larger-bore needle based on availability without concerns of specimen adequacy. Further studies are needed to assess the ease of needle use in various anatomical locations and to confirm the optimal needle design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-352
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Endoscopy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Endoscopic ultrasonography
  • Fine-needle biopsy
  • Liver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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