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Why might my doctor want me to get a liver biopsy?

Why might my doctor want me to get a liver biopsy?

Various reasons: Liver biopsy can be done to aid in diagnosis of a suspected liver problem due to abnormal blood test for example. Sometimes it is done to see how progressed a certain disease is - chronic hepatitis for example. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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How does a doctor take a liver biopsy?

How does a doctor take a liver biopsy?

Liver biopsy: A needle is introduced between the ribs into the liver and a very small core of tisue is removed after the best spot has been located with an ultrasound device. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can varices be erupted by liver biopsy by needle?

No: Varices are usually in the esophagus/food pipe and needle biopsy is done far away. That does not mean that biopsy can not cause bleeding. ...Read more

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Fatty liver biopsy is it normal for doctors to do a liver biopsy for fatty liver, it was found when checking for pancreatitis?

Fatty liver biopsy is it normal for doctors to do a liver biopsy for fatty liver, it was found when checking for pancreatitis?

Biopsy gold standard: In response to an earlier question i raised the issue of alcohol and overweight since these are the commonest issues in fatty liver. Please consult the following site for details on fatty liver. Biopsy is needed to confirm the diagnosis especially in a difficult circumstance. http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/fatty-liver-disease. ...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 do i convince my doctor to send me for liver biopsy? he did 3 ultras and 2 bloods and refuses to send me for one. second opinion?

Why the need?: Other than moderate alcohol intake you have not provided any indication as to why you may have liver disease. Liver biopsy is not a trivial procedure and invasive procedures carry a risk. Could be that there is no need for a liver biopsy. If you are not satisfied with your doctor you may wish to see a different one. ...Read more

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Liver biopsy months ago, got new pain which has not gone away. Pain has stayed at constant level, hurts more with movement. Doctors are stumped.?

Liver biopsy months ago, got new pain which has not gone away. Pain has stayed at constant level, hurts more with movement. Doctors are stumped.?

Pain at site of bx?: need a bit more info - percutaneous, transjugular biopsy? have you had imaging tests after the biopsy? a bleed under the capsule and stretching/ nerve pain could certainly cause symptoms like this. could also be musculoskeletal or your IBS and totally unrelated. can you share more details? ...Read more

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Is a liver biopsy accurate? The liver’s pretty big, so isn’t it likely it could miss something? How can the doctor be sure he’s getting a sample of the damaged part?

If : If the goal is to get a general sample of liver tissue to evaluate for cirrhosis, venous obstructive disease, abnormal deposits of iron, or similar organ-wide problems, then a biopsy is pretty easy and "missing something" is unlikely. The bigger the liver, the easier it is. On the other hand, if there is one specific spot in the liver that's abnormal, and your doctor is aiming for just that spot, then missing the target is more likely. In such situations, we usually have a pathologist present during the biopsy to look at the tissue as we collect it. The pathologist will not be able to make a final diagnosis in real time, be he or she should be able to say whether or not the tissue that's been collected will be adequate for making that final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why do doctors prefer fibrospect to liver biopsy for detection of liver damage in HCV patients?

Less invasive: Knowing the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver can help in deciding what hepatitis therapy a patient needs. Though the liver biopsy is considered the gold standard, the newer generation of tests, when taken in clinical context, can estimate the amount of inflammation and level of fibrosis in the liver. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
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Liver Biopsy (Definition)

Of your liver usually with a needle inserted thrubthe ...Read more