Splenic biopsy – safe and highly diagnostic!

A recent published study has shown ultrasound-guided biopsy of splenic lesions to be safe and highly diagnostic.  I have avoided splenic trucuts in the past due to a lack of published studies to support the procedure, and a preconceived notion that splenic biopsy is associated with a high risk of haemorrhage at the biopsy site.  However this published study shows that an experienced sonographer with sensitive colour dopppler facilities can target solid lesions safely (Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound 52:3, p317).  I am therefore currently performing guided biopsy of solid splenic lesions, 100% safely so far; please contact me if you have suitable cases, many thanks.

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