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

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Sanjay Jain
If spleen enlargment is thoght to be from chronic liver disease / cirrhosis which can be silent in early stages, liver biopsy may be needed or helpful.
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