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A 34-year-old member asked:

is there a reason to have a liver biopsy done multiple times?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Many liver biopsies: It depends on the context (diagnoiss, treatment, management). It depends on the definition of many. One measurement (of just about anything) does not give you a trend...And, at times, that is necessary post-transplant there may be a need for many biopsies...
Dr. Aaron Shiloh
Aesthetic Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: There can be many reasons to have multiple biopsies. The most common would be to assess for change in chronic liver disease.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long will my liver biopsy take?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
15 minutes: Lie on the proper table, prep the skin, insert needle...Sometimes under ultrasound guidance, remove needle, may need more than one specimen.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How soon will I learn the results of the liver biopsy?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
72 HOURS/ONE WEEK: Usually 72 hours to one week.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will I be awake for my liver biopsy?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lance Stein
Specializes in Hepatology
Sometimes: It depends on multiple factors.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

What are the dangers of liver biopsy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Many, see below: In general liver biopsy is very safe. Complications include bleeeding, infection, bowel perforation, gallbladder perforation, bile leak, and punctured lung to name a few. Bleeding is the most common. Major complications occur rarely, about 1% of the time.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What can be expected from getting a liver biopsy done?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. ASHRAF MALEK
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Depends: It depends on reason for which you are having liver biopsy. There are risks with liver biopsy procedure itself. But overall risk is low, especially it is done in a center where liver biopsies are being done in large numbers.

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