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Liver Biopsy



What is a needle liver biopsy?

In a needle liver biopsy, the doctor removes a tiny sample of your liver with a special tool. A laboratory checks the sample for signs of liver damage or disease.

The needle enters your body through the skin, and the procedure only takes about 20 minutes. Usually, a needle liver biopsy is not painful.

Why would a doctor recommend a needle liver biopsy?

Liver Biopsy 1 Your doctor might recommend a needle liver biopsy if blood tests and ultrasound imaging have not produced a definitive diagnosis for your liver problems. Physicians also recommend needle liver biopsies when they need to determine the extent of liver damage in their patients.



What does a needle liver biopsy involve?

liver-biopsy-what-does-it-involve You will be given a sedative to make you relaxed and drowsy. You may fall asleep during the procedure. After he finds the exact location of your liver, the doctor makes a small incision in your right side, near your rib cage. Your doctor will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds as he takes out a small piece of your liver with a tiny needle. You may feel pressure in your side, and some pain, but this disappears quickly.
Although the entire procedure takes about 20 minutes, you will need to lie still on your side for up to two hours after your doctor has bandaged your incision.

Why would a doctor recommend a needle liver biopsy?

Liver Biopsy 2 You will be able to leave the hospital within six hours after the biopsy. A friend or family member will need to drive you home, where you will remain in bed for 8 to 12 hours. You may get up to use the bathroom. Avoid any lifting or exertion for the next week as your body heals.




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