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Doctor insights on: Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

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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

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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


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

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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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What answers can a liver biopsy provide to doctors?

Gold standard: Is the mass tumor, if so, what kind? How extensive is the inflammation / fibrosis of a viral hepatitis, information we need as a guide to treatment. Is this really hemochromatosis / wilson's / antitrypsin deficiency / plasma cell hepatitis? Is the transplant being rejected, if so how & what rx is best? If medication-related, what pattern & what to expect? Much i wish i could show you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

How long is the needle that is used for liver biopsy?

Long enough :-): A hepatologist (specialist in liver disease) can tell you precisely. But most would probably agree that the needle used is "long enough.". ...Read more

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How long will it take to get my liver biopsy results?

How long will it take to get my liver biopsy results?

Two days to a week: If it is a routine histological examination by the pathologist it will take less than 48 hours. It takes one day to fix the tissue and the next day the slides are examined under the microscope and the pathologist dictates it out. It could be as early as 48 hour or more than a week if you need special stains performed. ...Read more

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When do I need to have a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

When do I need to have a liver biopsy if I have hepatitis?

If it changes rx: In general a liver biopsy is useful to "stage" liver disease. It is the best way to assess how much damage hepatitis has caused to the liver. However there are some noninvasive and clinical ways of detecting different levels of disease, especially cirrhosis. I usually recommend biopsy for my patients who are opting against current treatments to assure that we are not missing progressive disease. ...Read more

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Is there a reason to have a liver biopsy done multiple times?

Yes: There can be many reasons to have multiple biopsies. The most common would be to assess for change in chronic liver disease. ...Read more

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Is Fibroscan a good alternative to the liver biopsy? How accurate is it?

No: Fibroscan is an ultrasound type that non-invasively( no needles) measures the stiffness of the liver, and can tell if a person has severe hepatitis or cirrhosis, both advanced liver disease states. However, it cannot distinguish early and mild to moderate liver disease from a healthy liver condition, which is what a liver biopsy can do, as well as diagnose a variety of other important conditions ...Read more

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When do you requst a liver biopsy when trying to dertmine if a lesion is cancerous or not ?

When do you requst a liver biopsy when trying to dertmine if a lesion is cancerous or not ?

Your doctor will: You will give consent only , your doctor will make arrangements to a specialist who does this type of procedure, ( if your doctor does not do ). ...Read more

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Just had a liver biopsy? Positive pas kupffer cells portal marothphayes. What does this mean?

Non 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 doctor can figure out where the injury is occurring within the liver and what cells or liver structures are affected. ...Read more

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Would a liver biopsy be done if NASH is suspected? What other things would they be looking for?

Would a liver biopsy be done if NASH is suspected? What other things would they be looking for?

Liver disease: If there is an obstructive process such as an impacted stone occluding the bile duct or bad inflammation that is spills over into the liver than liver enzymes may elevate. But there are many other reasons that they go up as well. NASH is one, hepatitis is another. A biopsy lets them see exactly what is going on at a micro level ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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. Linda Callaghan
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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