Percutaneous liver biopsy: Views and practice of gastroenterologists

Nirmal S Mann, Jay R. Patel

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Objective: By a telephone survey to find the views and practices of Digestive Disease Physicians regarding needle biopsy of liver. Methods: Telephone survey was conducted from Nov. 2003 to May 2004. One hundred and five physicians were contacted. The participation by physicians was 100%. They were asked to identify themselves as Gastroenterologists (Group I) or Hepatologists (Group II) or a combination (Group III). Results: Majority of the Luminal Gastroenterologists (72.3%) did not perform liver biopsy and referred their routine biopsies to the Radiologists. The most important reasons for not doing liver biopsy were inadequate reimbursement and fear of complications. Conclusion: A majority of luminal Gastroenterologists are not doing needle biopsy of the liver and routinely referring them to Radiologists; the implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-194
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005


  • Liver
  • Low reimbursement
  • Needle biopsy
  • Radiologist referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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