Table 2.

Individual biopsy-related major complications in 243 biopsies from 231 HIV-infected patients

PatientAge (yr)RaceGenderComplicationOutcome
1a52BlackF9.0 × 7.5 × 16.0-cm retroperitoneal hematoma that required transfusion of 2 U of PRBCFull recovery from biopsy complication but had prolonged hospitalization for medical reasons unrelated to biopsy
2a42BlackF5 × 2-cm perinephric hematoma and gross hematuria that required transfusion of 2 U of PRBCFull recovery overnight; discharged home next day
3a59BlackMHematocrit drop that required transfusion of 2 U of PRBC; small hematoma seen on ultrasoundFull recovery overnight; discharged home next day
4a42BlackMDeveloped hypotension with hematocrit drop and responded to transfusion of 2 U of PRBC and 2 U of fresh-frozen plasmaFull recovery from biopsy complication; discharged home after clearance by primary medical team for other conditions
5a41BlackF9.4 × 6.3 × 6.4-cm retroperitoneal hematoma associated with hypotension; stabilized after transfusion of 4 U of PRBCHospitalized for 3 d before full recovery and discharge home
6a43BlackMRetroperitoneal hemorrhage that required transfusion of 1 U of PRBC and angiography with embolization of a branch vesselHospitalized for 3 d before full recovery and discharge home
739WhiteMDeveloped hypotension 10 h after biopsy in association with retroperitoneal hemorrhage described as “large”; transfusion of 6 U of PRBC was requiredHospitalized for 4 d before full recovery and discharge home
8a52BlackMDeveloped 5.6 × 4.0-cm retroperitoneal hematoma that required transfusion of 2 U of PRBCFull recovery overnight; discharged home next day
  • PRBC, packed red blood cells.

  • a Hepatitis C positive.