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Is It Possible For A Doctor To Diagnose Cirrhosis Without A Biopsy
Yes: The "gold standard" of diagnosis is biopsy, but the history, physical examination, and lab tests, including liver scans and ultrasound, can strongly suggest the diagnosis to the point where a biopsy may not be necessary. New kinds of ultrasound and MRI imaging can actually determine the amount of scarring present. Most doctors will still want a biopsy to determine the severity of cirrhosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes and no: Cirrhosis is a histologic diagnosis but can made without a biopsy with almost certainty based on lab data, imaging studies and physical exam. Liver cancer (hcc) is also a histologic diagnosis, but in the setting of cirrhosis it can be made based on MRI or ct imaging criteria without a biopsy with >95% certainty. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects biliary cirrhosis? What is required to diagnose?
Serologies, liver bi: If you are referring to primary biliary cirrhosis, this is a type of autoimmune disease of unknown cause. Most commonly found in females. In the past, it used to be diagnosed very late in its course and usually when there was liver failure. Nowadays, and with the frequent use of blood test is diagnosed very early. Actigall/urso is the mainstay of treatment. Hematologist or gastro should monitor yo. ...Read more
I did a search for diagnosis of some of my symptoms and came up with cirrhosis of the liver. What do doctors look for to diagnose it?
Very serious: This is so serious that you would do well to have ie read by.a second pathologist. You also need to determine the cause of the cirrhosis. Usually it is partly reversible if you find and can treat the cause. ...Read more
Had biopsy, the report says "consistent with AIH with impending Cirrhosis(inflammation grade 2 out of 4, fibrosis stage 5 out of 6)" what is this?
Liver biopsy: The report indicates you have cirrhosis, a disease of your liver which can have many different causes. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcohol, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Speak with your doctor for more information and treatment options. ...Read more
You are okay man!: A Biosy that is adequate and that does not show cirrhosis rules out cirrhosis and our question is how to help a thoughtful guy like yourself to be comfortable. A second pathologist reading is available if you wish, or a consult with a specialist in emotions. ...Read more
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