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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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Liver Biopsy (Overview)

Of your liver usually with a needle inserted thrubthe skin after numbing it.


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Is liver biopsy painful?

Is liver biopsy painful?

It's not a bee sting: Despite using a local anesthetic, a liver biopsy is at best uncomfortable. A rather large gauge needle is used. Goes through the skin and muscle on the side of your abdomen and into the liver. Once there, the worse is over, pain wise. ...Read more

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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Liver Biopsy (Overview)

Of your liver usually with a needle inserted thrubthe skin after numbing it.


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How safe is a liver biopsy?

How safe is a liver biopsy?

Liver biopsy: Ultrasound guided biopsy reasonably safe. Risk of bleeding number one complaint by patients is having to lay to stomach for a number of hours. Once was done without us guidence had possibility of accidental lung biopsy with pneumothorax. Much rarer. ...Read more

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Treating Liver Failure (Checklist)

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How dangerous is a liver biopsy?

How dangerous is a liver biopsy?

Safe test: If imaging is used like ultrasound or ct it is safer. See radiologyinfo.Org. ...Read more

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How long will my liver biopsy take?

How long will my liver biopsy take?

15 minutes: Lie on the proper table, prep the skin, insert needle...Sometimes under ultrasound guidance, remove needle, may need more than one specimen. ...Read more

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Will I be awake for my liver biopsy?

Will I be awake for my liver biopsy?

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 more

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What can be found in a liver biopsy?

What can be found in a liver biopsy?

Depends: Depends whether you have liver disease or not. It also depends on what type liver disease you have. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of liver biopsy?

What are the dangers of liver biopsy?

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 more

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Can i say no to liver biopsy for meds?

Autonomy: An adult, competent person is free to undergo any test or treatment or not do that. Patient autonomy is part of the medical ethics. However, i strongly urge that you discuss the matter with your doctor rather just declining her/his advice. ...Read more

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Is my liver biopsy going to be painful?

Not much: If there are no complications, it should not hurt much more than a prick with a thick needle. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from a liver biopsy?

How long is recovery from a liver biopsy?

Liver biopsy: You rest for approximately four to five hours after the biopsy and then go home. At home, do not lift more than 15 lb for the next 5 days and no aspirin, advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin like drugs for the same period of time. ...Read more

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Is it true that a liver biopsy is painful?

Is it true that a liver biopsy is painful?

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 more

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What results can a liver biopsy determine?

What results can a liver biopsy determine?

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

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What are normal results for a liver biopsy?

What are normal results for a liver biopsy?

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 more

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How do I know if I really need a liver biopsy?

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

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Liver (Definition)

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


Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Biopsy (Definition)

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