How is the patient positioned for percutaneous liver biopsy?

Updated: Nov 21, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Arora, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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The patient should be supine, with his or her right side near the edge of the bed. The patient’s right arm should be above the head. The feet should be angled across the bed to expand the intercostal space as much as possible. Adjust the height of the bed for comfort; the optimal position is  usually at or slightly below the level of the operator's elbows.

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