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why do doctors prefer fibrospect to liver biopsy for detection of liver damage in hcv patients?

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Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Less risky.: Due to sampling error and the relative risk of biopsy, PROMETHEUS FIBROSpect II testing is useful for initial patient evaluation and when biopsy is contraindicated or refused. The short answer is it is less risky, but a liver biopsy may still be needed, it is just an alternative, different doctors have different preferences.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Less invasive: Knowing the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver can help in deciding what hepatitis therapy a patient needs. Though the liver biopsy is considered the gold standard, the newer generation of tests, when taken in clinical context, can estimate the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver.

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Last updated Jun 28, 2014

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