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Liver Biopsy Quiz

Chapter 12: Table of Contents

1) When using the punch biopsy technique, it is safer to take the biopsy sample from the diaphragmatic surface of a liver lobe rather than the visceral surface. 

  • True 
  • False

2) If marked hemorrhage is noted at the biopsy site after removing the biopsy sample, one should do any of the following except 

  • Apply a small piece of hemostatic sponge (eg. Gelfoam®). 
  • Place another encircling or transfixing suture. 
  • Apply pressure to the area. 
  • Nothing – it will stop on its own.

3) When using the Guillotine or Loop biopsy technique on the liver, one should only tighten the suture just enough to partially crush the tissues. 

  • True 
  • False

4) In a patient with generalized liver disease, the most appropriate place to take a liver biopsy sample from is 

  • The edge of the most accessible liver lobe. 
  • The visceral surface of the largest liver lobe. 
  • The renal impression of the caudate lobe. 
  • The quadrate lobe because of its proximity to the gall bladder.

5) Which of the following biopsy techniques is the least appropriate for the liver? 

  • Loop or Guillotine technique. 
  • Incisional biopsy. 
  • Wedge biopsy. 
  • Skin punch biopsy.

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