Complications after liver biopsy are uncommon but may include bile peritonitis, hemorrhage, and sepsis. The risk of complications
is greater in patients with coagulopathies and thrombocytopenia.14,15 Major complication rates during hepatic biopsies have been reported to be as high as 22% and 50% in dogs and cats that are
thrombocytopenic.14 Many patients with liver disease are debilitated from hypoalbuminemia and compromised liver function, increasing the risk
of potential complications with anesthesia and surgery such as hypotension and altered metabolism of anesthetic and analgesic
Diana Burger, BS
Amie Carrier, BS
Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4544
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