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Is Liver Biopsy Painful
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
Are liver biopsies painful and how is the procedure done and how long does it take? I'm really worried.
Be brave: Please forgive my frankness. If you have clinical findings to warrant a liver biopsy, you're seriously sick. Worrying about the pain and small risk of a liver biopsy isn't the point. At this time, you should be learning about your symptoms, signs, and findings, and how you might prepare for various results of the biopsy itself. To be brave, act brave. I know you can go through & save your life. ...Read more
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. 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
Liver biopsy: In my hospital, liver biopsy is performed with conscious sedation, or medication given through an IV to relax and decrease pain. Next, local anesthesia is administered, which feels like a bee sting. An ultrasound is used to guide a biopsy needle into the liver, and samples are obtained. With proper local anesthesia, the procedure should not be painful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short time: A stereotactic biopsy does not take much time to recover from at all (hours to a couple of days). The biopsies can be done two ways: through the skin or from the GI tract. They are done "blind" (in image guidance) or via radiographic guidance (ct or ultrasound). They are not painful, although you will have some discomfort. ...Read more
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 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: It depends on the indication. If you are having right upper abdominal symptoms, the first step is to get an examination by a doctor.The likely next course is to get an imaging test, either a CT, ultrasound, or MRI, depending on what the doctor is suspecting. If there is a suspicious area that looks serious or the doctors can't tell what it is, then the biopsy is often the best way to know for sure ...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
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