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A 58-year-old male asked:

Are there any alternatives to a liver biopsy for cirrhosis, the procedure terrifies me?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Sort of: Biopsy is the gold standard though not always necessary. It is sometimes important to know the type of tissue damage that can only be assessed by biopsy. Visit the site given below for information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/basics/definition/con-20031617
Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
Liver biopsy: A liver biopsy is essential for establishing a diagnosis. Best of luck. Speak with the physician doing the biopsy and ask for something to relax you.

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A 58-year-old male asked:

Are there any reliable alternatives to a liver biopsy?

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Liver biopsy: Hi, why has a liver biopsy been offered? To rule out cirrhosis? Sometimes in people with viral hepatitis and no imaging sign of cirrhosis a biopsy needed to be done to guide treatment. Please clarify and ask again.

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