A 31-year-old male asked:
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how many liver biopsies are needed to rule out cirrhosis caused by alcohol? does it damage the liver evenly or in patches? is a fibroscan a good alt?

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Dr. Donald Lipkis
47 years experience Gastroenterology
Bx and cirrhosis: Repeated liver biopsies are not necessary. Liver may be affected in heterogeneous fashion. Fibroscan is a good noninvasive test if available in your area. Blood tests can be helpful. Platelet count less than 150,000 is suggestibility cirrhosis. Fibrosure blood test or ultrasound can be helpful as well.
Answered on May 10, 2015

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