Top
10
Doctor insights on: Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

Share
1

1
Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Can a percutaneous liver biopsy cause bilateral pleural effusions and ascites?

Not likely: Most likely the liver condition that you suffer from is at the root of your pleural effusions and ascites. A paracentesis- an abdominal tap or a thoracentesis, a pleural tap might help in better understanding their etiology. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers

Percutaneous (Definition)

In surgery, percutaneous pertains to any medical procedure where access to inner organs or other tissue is done via needle-puncture of the skin, rather than by using an "open" approach where inner organs or tissue are exposed (typically with the use of a scalpel). The percutaneous approach is commonly used in vascular procedures. This involves a needle catheter getting access ...Read more


2

2
What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

Worry about bleed: See your doctor - with the biopsy we worry about bleeding of the liver or other tissue. Uncertain why you are on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). This medicine could be used to treat other conditions that you have and these other conditions could be causing these changes ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

5

5
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

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
. 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

7

7
Do I need a liver biopsy with NASH disease?

Maybe: This may be offered to you as an option; I am going to assume viral and autoimmune hepatitis, wilson's, drug reaction, alcohol abuse, and hemochromatosis are ruled out. If there's suspicion your disease is advanced, you'll probably be offered a biopsy. Or you may be offered one now to see if a trial of medication is worth it before or after you get really aerobically fit -- the best rx. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
Do I need a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

Do I need a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

Maybe: Depends on the type of hepatitis. Usually not done for acute hep. Can see if viral, or other cause, e.g. Autoimmune, toxic, drug hepatitis. Biopsy may help define the stage of disease, the amt of inflammation and scarring present. May affect decisions re: treatment type and/or duration. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
How far back can a liver biopsy detect alcohol?

How far back can a liver biopsy detect alcohol?

It depends/extent,,,: This depends on the perceived amount of alcohol consumption as well as the patient's sensitivity to alcohol. The biopsy actually determines the extent of liver damage which may be caused by alcohol as well as other things. Early damage, like fatty liver can be from alcohol or obesity, while later damage like cirrhosis can be from these and/or hepatitis. Biopsy is the last, most definitive test ...Read more

10

10
What does a liver biopsy entail? Is it dangerous?

What does a liver biopsy entail? Is it dangerous?

Liver biopsy(ies): Liver biopsy means taking a piece of the liver for microscopic examination. Now-a-days, most are accomplished under radiographic (ultrasound, ct) guidance in real time with spring-loaded needles & under sedation. Liver biopsies can also be performed as an "open" surgical procedure or via a vascular catheter that is snaked into the liver. Danger is in causing bleeding or trauma to adjacent organs. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
2 doctors shared insights

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. Steven Griggs
2 doctors shared insights

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