6 doctors weighed in:

Are there any reliable alternatives to a liver biopsy?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Pakdaman
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

It depends on the indication.
If you are having right upper abdominal symptoms, the first step is to get an examination by a doctor.The likely next course is to get an imaging test, either a CT, ultrasound, or MRI, depending on what the doctor is suspecting. If there is a suspicious area that looks serious or the doctors can't tell what it is, then the biopsy is often the best way to know for sure

In brief: Maybe

It depends on the indication.
If you are having right upper abdominal symptoms, the first step is to get an examination by a doctor.The likely next course is to get an imaging test, either a CT, ultrasound, or MRI, depending on what the doctor is suspecting. If there is a suspicious area that looks serious or the doctors can't tell what it is, then the biopsy is often the best way to know for sure
Thank
Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Liver biopsy

Hi, why has a liver biopsy been offered? To rule out cirrhosis? Sometimes in people with viral hepatitis and no imaging sign of cirrhosis a biopsy needed to be done to guide treatment.
Please clarify and ask again.

In brief: Liver biopsy

Hi, why has a liver biopsy been offered? To rule out cirrhosis? Sometimes in people with viral hepatitis and no imaging sign of cirrhosis a biopsy needed to be done to guide treatment.
Please clarify and ask again.
Thank