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HPB Surgery
Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 199-204
Case Report

Needle Track Seeding of Primary and Secondary Liver Carcinoma After Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

University Department of Surgery, The Royal Infirmary, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9YW, UK

Received 17 December 1991; Accepted 6 February 1992

Copyright © 1993 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Seeding of tumour in the needle track following percutaneous needle biopsy of liver neoplasms is rarely reported. We describe two such cases following the needle biopsy of an hepatocellular carcinoma and secondary colorectal carcinoma respectively. The risk of needle track recurrence of liver tumours should not be regarded as insignificant. The diagnosis of liver neoplasms may be achieved by non-invasive modalities, and their needle biopsy should be reserved for cases not amenable to surgical resection.