A 65-year-old man presented to hospital with fever, abdominal pain and a central liver lesion on computed tomography. He was treated for a presumed liver abscess but despite antibiotic treatment there was progression of disease. A liver biopsy was eventually performed and showed a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. By this time, the patient’s condition had, however, already deteriorated to a point that additional treatment was no longer possible. Because obtaining a tissue sample is regularly hindered by fear of complications, we discuss the actual incidence of complications for liver biopsy.
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