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How Long Is Recovery From A Liver Biopsy
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
2-3 days: Three days at most. If it lasts longer, call your doctor. ...Read more
Long enough :-): A hepatologist (specialist in liver disease) can tell you precisely. But most would probably agree that the needle used is "long enough.". ...Read more
Two days to a week: If it is a routine histological examination by the pathologist it will take less than 48 hours. It takes one day to fix the tissue and the next day the slides are examined under the microscope and the pathologist dictates it out. It could be as early as 48 hour or more than a week if you need special stains performed. ...Read more
Liver biopsy: Liver cancer is a serious cancer and needs to be treated quickly and aggressively. The prognosis depends on a number of factors, including the size, precise location and local/distant spread of the tumor. The oncologist would be able to provide more precise information given the specific details of a case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The actually liver biopsy takes no more than a minute, but the setting up can take half an hour. Liver biopsies can be done under ultrasound guidance or just by feel. The area is numbed locally with lidocaine, but there is no need to be sleeping during a liver biopsy. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Generally safe: Although liver biopsy is relatively safe procedure done as an outpatient, there are risks and complications that can occur. The most significant risk is that of bleeding. Most bleeding associated with liver biopsy is minor however there are cases of severe bleeding that require additional procedures and blood trasnfusions. Other risks include infection and bile duct injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain is relative: One would think that a liver biopsy is very painful, but actually as long as you are prepared mentally and perhaps take a medication to relax you, it is not that bad at all. I would recommend xanax (alprazolam). What is more important about a liver biopsy is the chance of bleeding from the biopsy site over the next 24 hours. Be very careful to rest afterward and avoid any exertion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: The microscopic interpretation of a liver biopsy can tell you a type of disease that is present, whether there is tumor present or not, and a number of other disease entities, usually based on doing special stains or studies. However, liver enzymes are much more easily determined by serology (blood or serum) tests that do not require a liver biopsy. ...Read more
Liver biopsy: Abnormalities seen in liver biopsies might include: inflammation, fibrosis, changes in the portal (biliary) tracts, abnormal infiltrates (tumor or granulomas), presence of fat, changes in the hepatocytes, evidence of infection, storage disease or abnormal accumulations (eg iron overload), and vascular abnormalities to name a few. A completely normal liver biopsy shows none of the above! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitive answer : A biopsy (liver or other organ or tissue) provides your doctor with a near definitive answer to an abnormal finding. This is most commonly needed when a mass or tumor is found where we need to determine cancer vs. Benign. Biopsies are also done to determine the function of an organ, such as one with possible liver disease (cirrhosis, fatty liver, liver failure, etc.) discuss this with your doc. ...Read more
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
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