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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. Ronald Krauser
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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


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Is my liver biopsy going to be painful?

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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What is meant by staging and grading liver biopsy?

What is meant by staging and grading liver biopsy?

Fibrosis / inflammat: 2 scores / grades with one detailing degree of inflammation and the other the degree of scarring. ...Read more

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. Liver biopsy in 8/2012 showed G2S2-3. What would that mean ?

. Liver biopsy in 8/2012 showed G2S2-3. What would that mean ?

You may have the...: ...letters wrong, but roughly the code translates into mild to moderate liver inflammation and moderate liver fibrosis (scarring). In what context was the liver biopsy required & what's your diagnosis? Please tell me you're not consuming alcohol at this time. ...Read more

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Does a normal liver biopsy rule out cirrhosis?

Does a normal liver biopsy rule out cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis: Yes, the purpose of a liver biopsy is to look for any inflammation or fibrosis (cirrhosis) of the liver. A normal liver biopsy mean you don't have cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) safe after a liver biopsy?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) safe after a liver biopsy?

Yes: The liver biopsy affects such a small mass of your liver, and the "processing" of xanax (alprazolam) is spread throughout. ...Read more

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Why not have an ultrasound instead of liver biopsy?

They both have value: Ultrasound is a good screen for some conditions like tumors or cysts. Biopsy ismore useful to confirm the suspicious diagnosis. So most patientss need both tests. ...Read more

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If I have a uti, will it effect the results of a liver biopsy?

Unlikely: Having a urinary tract infection will likely not affect the results of a liver biopsy - however any infection , including your uti, should first be treated completely before undergoing a liver biopsy so as to prevent any complications. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a liver biopsy?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing  a liver biopsy?

Yes: Most doctors will want blood tests indicating your current blood counts (red and white blood cells, platelets) and making sure you are not at risk for bleeding excessively during the test. The may want liver function tests as well, or even kidney function tests. ...Read more

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Alp 170 liver biopsy positive pas kupffer cells portal macrothphyes?

Not specific: These are nonspecific descriptors without your clinical history and reason for the liver biopsy, it's difficult to know exactly what it means. In general, elevated liver enzymes may indicate liver injury and with the biopsy findings we can make figure out where the injury is occurring within the liver and what cells or liver structures are affected. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to a liver biopsy for cirrhosis, the procedure terrifies me?

Are there any alternatives to a liver biopsy for cirrhosis, the procedure terrifies me?

Liver biopsy: A liver biopsy is essential for establishing a diagnosis. Best of luck. Speak with the physician doing the biopsy and ask for something to relax you. ...Read more

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Liver biopsy shows fat and inflammation. Is that NASH or could it still be simple fatty liver?

Liver biopsy shows fat and inflammation. Is that NASH or could it still be simple fatty liver?

Need more specifics: Fatty liver can progress to the more serious nash with progressive inflammation and scarring (fibrosis). Without the exact biopsy details is is impossible to tell what you have. Make sure you follow up with a GI doc for all of the results and suggestions. ...Read more

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I was told my liver biopsy would be back in 2 days, but it was sent to another pathologist instead. Why?

I was told my liver biopsy would be back in 2 days, but it was sent to another pathologist instead. Why?

Second opinion: Occasionally, what we see through the microscope is something atypical or unusual and we require a second (and sometimes third) opinion from experts in that particular area. Perhaps your liver biopsy was one that required this additional expertise. I know that this delays the result, but the delay is worth it if it means giving you, and your doctor, the best possible answer. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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 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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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more