Is percutaneous aspiration indicated in the workup of hepatic/liver cysts?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Robert E Glasgow, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Other tests are generally not necessary in the evaluation of hepatic cysts. Percutaneous aspiration should be avoided because the laboratory and cytologic evaluation of the simple cyst fluid is nondiagnostic, and a small risk exists of inducing anaphylaxis from leakage from the hydatid cyst or of causing abscess formation in a previously sterile cyst.


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