What is the role of anesthesia in the performance of percutaneous liver biopsy?

Updated: Nov 21, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Arora, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Local anesthesia with 1% or 2% lidocaine is used. Some anxious patients may require a small oral or intravenous dose of a benzodiazepine (eg, lorazepam). In rare cases, consideration may be given for the use of procedural sedation (eg, midazolam and fentanyl). Overnight fasting by the patient is usually required prior to the procedure.


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