Ethanol ablation in postbiopsy liver hemorrhage following two failed embolizations

Matthew C. Pope, David H. Ballard, Alan L. Sticker, Chaitanya Ahuja, Horacio B. D'Agostino

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A 42-year-old male presented with intraperitoneal hemorrhage 5 days following percutaneous liver biopsy for suspected hepatocellular carcinoma. Diagnostic angiogram localized the bleeding to segment VI hepatic artery branches. Two consecutive arterial embolizations with microspheres and platinum coils failed to control the bleeding. The patient was a poor surgical candidate, so ultrasound-guided ethanol ablation of the bleeding source and surrounding liver segment was employed as salvage therapy. The patient stabilized clinically and was discharged home to begin palliative therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-160
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 26 2015


  • Embolization
  • Ethanol ablation
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Liver biopsy
  • Liver biopsy hemorrhage


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