Pediatric Liver Biopsy: A clinicopathologic study

  • Pragati Aditya Sathe Seth G S Medical College& KEM Hospital
  • Dipali Eknath Mahale Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai
Keywords: Liver, Biopsy, Pediatric


Introduction – The spectrum of liver diseases in children differs from that in adults. Different diagnostic modalities which are available are not capable of diagnosing the liver disease individually unless they are supplemented by a liver biopsy. Hence liver biopsy is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis of liver diseases.The aims of this study were to study the spectrum of liver diseases in pediatric age group at our institute, to correlate the liver biopsy findings with clinical findings and laboratory investigations and to review the literature on this topic.Results – We received a total of 130 liver biopsies during the five year study. Out of these, 65 biopsies were performed in children below one year of age while the remaining 65 liver biopsies belonged to children aged more than one year. The common indications for performing liver biopsies included prolonged jaundice, clay colored stools, abdominal distension, abdominal pain, suspected inborn error of metabolism and for a suspected hepatic tumor. Extrahepatic biliary atresia was the commonest pathology found in children below one year of age whereas metabolic disease was the most common pathology found in children above one year of age. Special stains helped in refining the diagnosis further. Laboratory investigations were correlated to offer a complete diagnosis.Conclusion – Paediatric liver biopsy is of value in diagnosis of disorders where clinical and laboratory parameters overlap. At the same time, clinical and laboratory correlation is a must due to overlapping histologic features of many liver diseases. DOI: 10.21276/APALM.1220

Author Biographies

Pragati Aditya Sathe, Seth G S Medical College& KEM Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Dipali Eknath Mahale, Seth G S Medical College, Parel, Mumbai
Senior Resident


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