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What does a liver biopsy entail? Is it dangerous?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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