The ultrasound diagnosis of diffuse liver disease is fraught with complexities and as a result many clinicans prefer routine liver biopsy. This invasive procedure, of course, has its own contraindications and complications. Additionally, the reliability of the biopsy diagnosis is predicated on the assumption that the fatty change or other heptocellular disease is uniformly distributed throughout the liver. Recently, as mentioned above, it has become more widely recognized that processes like fatty change are not always uniform. In such instances, the biopsy may grossly misrepresent the histologic situation in the majority of the liver. Hopefully in the future, ultrasound and other noninvasive procedures such as CT and radionuclide studies will offer effective alternatives for diagnosis of diffuse hepatic disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Seminars in Ultrasound|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1981|
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