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Why would you not do a liver biopsy if spleen enlarged?

Why would you not do a liver biopsy if spleen enlarged?

Wrong organ: Solid organ biopsies are not "no-risk" procedures--so you would not just check while there. Most liver or spleen enlargements can be diagnosed by blood tests +/- imaging and save you the big needle.

Dr. James Lin
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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


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Is there a biopsy to detect lymphoma in the spleen? What should I expect? Will it hurt or scar?

Is there a biopsy to detect lymphoma in the spleen? What should I expect? Will it hurt or scar?

Lymph node: Spleen is not a suitable organ for a biopsy. If there is a lesion in the spleen suggestive of lymphoma, the spleen would be removed for examination by a pathologist. Removing spleen requires surgery, it will hurt some and there will be a scar at the site of incision. However, a lymphoma is far more serious than a scar. Discuss with your doctor if a lymph node biopsy is an option.

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I have a lesion that is aproximately 3cm in my spleen. My doctor wants a biopsy to be done. Is this safe? Would it be better just to remove the spleen

I have a lesion that is aproximately 3cm in my spleen. My doctor wants a biopsy to be done. Is this safe? Would it be better just to remove the spleen

Safe: And removing the spleen is not a better option, trust your doctors or have a second opinion if you wish, it's your right, best wishes

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What are the dangers of spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

What are the dangers of spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

Splenectomy: Can predispose you to future infections with encapsulated organisms and elevated platelet count that can lead to blood clots. Kidney biopsy if done by and interventional radiologist is generally very safe, if coagulation parameters are normal. Both answers are general answers and it may not apply to your specific situation, so ask your doctor for detailed answer.

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What are the dangers of a spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

What are the dangers of a spleen removal and kidney biopsy?

Bleeding, infections: Splenectomy associated with more common infections (although still not considered immunocompromised) biopsy can cause bleeding and sometimes significant enough to need nephrectomy.

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I tested positive for celiac disease through a blood test but waiting to get my biopsy done, but liver & spleen are enlarged can it be cancer?

I tested positive for celiac disease through a blood test but waiting to get my biopsy done, but liver & spleen are enlarged can it be cancer?

Organomegaly: Celiac disease is not usually associated with enlargement of liver and spleen. While some leukemias/lymphomas might cause this, they are not common in your age group, and might be associated with abnormalities of CBC or other tests. If you have solid anti-gliadin antibody test, then a small bowel biopsy is probably not essential. Fatty liver, cirrhosis, circulatory issues might be worth excluding.

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Can menorrhagia be related to whatever causing my enlarged spleen&liver? Had hormone levels run&endometrial biopsy, both ok. Bleed 12dys on 10 off bad.

Can menorrhagia be related to whatever causing my enlarged spleen&liver? Had hormone levels run&endometrial biopsy, both ok. Bleed 12dys on 10 off bad.

Possibly: Other causes of heavy bleeding include fibroids or polyps, which wouldn't be related to your enlarged liver and spleen. However causes such as diminished Progesterone levels or problems with blood not clotting as fast as usual might be related to liver problems. It will need more testing to determine if there is a relation.

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Platelet count 679 enlarged spleen elevated liver enzymes fatigue unintended weight loss-43 lbs in 3 months liver biopsy shows nothing...Help me pls?

Platelet count 679 enlarged spleen elevated liver enzymes fatigue unintended weight loss-43 lbs in 3 months liver biopsy shows nothing...Help me pls?

How long?: How long have your platelets been elevated? Any lymph nodes felt? Is your white blood count elevated? A lot of missing information. Any night sweats? Given your age, certain things can be ruled out but would consider doing a bone marrow biopsy. Why did you have a liver biopsy if spleen big? Was there a concern for cirrhosis? Need more information. I wish I could help more.

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Does APS, Cause Enlarge Spleen (17 CM) Low platelet count Less than 90000, Sever fatique and sever night sweats? PET and Bone marrow biops y normal

Does APS, Cause Enlarge Spleen (17 CM) Low platelet count Less than 90000, Sever fatique and sever night sweats? PET and Bone marrow biops y normal

Abnormal blood tests: The splenic enlargement, low plateletes combined with fatique and night sweats are significant, and even with a negative PET scan and bone marrow bx may indicate serious illness. A hematologist in a university medical center should be consulted, and perhaps an infectious disease specialist as well as soon as possible.

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Bubbling stomach, always feel full, stomach cramps, and pain in left upper abdomen that's sharp what is it high crp, abnormal biopsy, normal endoscopy?

Bubbling stomach, always feel full, stomach cramps, and pain in left upper abdomen that's sharp what is it high crp, abnormal biopsy, normal endoscopy?

Gastroparesis: Many of your symptoms sound like those of someone with gastroparesis, or slow emptying of the stomach. I'm not sure what abnormal biopsy means, but you might want to ask your doctor if it makes sense to assess for the possibility of gastroparesis.

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Is skin biopsy a very common procedure?

Is skin biopsy a very common procedure?

Very: This simple procedure is usually done in an office setting using local anesthesia. The sample is analyzed by a pathologist and/or the surgeon. Excisional biopsy of large lesions and immediate reconstruction can be done under local or with sedation or general anesthesia.

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What is a sentinel node biopsy procedure?

Sentinel node: Injecting a dye, it initially goes to mother nodes or sentinel nodes and from there nurse to whole node basin. Biopsy of these mother nodes save to biopsy or removing whole nodal areas if sentinel node negative.

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What is the difference between a colposcopy and biopsy procedure?

What is the difference between a colposcopy and biopsy procedure?

One without the othe: Colposcopy is the procedure of using a microscope to exam the vagina and cervix under magnification when your pap smear is abnormal. If an abnormality is seen, then a biopsy is taken.

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What is procedure for removing a lesion on the bladder and how do you take a biopsy of the lesion?

What is procedure for removing a lesion on the bladder and how do you take a biopsy of the lesion?

Cystoscopy: A tube passed through the urethra into the bladder is the usual way to inspect and remove lesions in the bladder.

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more