Medical Definition of Percutaneous liver biopsy

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Percutaneous liver biopsy: A liver biopsy that is done through the skin with a needle. A percutaneous liver biopsy is in contrast, for example, to an open surgical biopsy of the liver. See: Liver biopsy.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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