Are there any alternatives to a liver biopsy for cirrhosis, the procedure terrifies me?

Liver biopsy. A liver biopsy is essential for establishing a diagnosis. Best of luck. Speak with the physician doing the biopsy and ask for something to relax you.
Sort of. Biopsy is the gold standard though not always necessary. It is sometimes important to know the type of tissue damage that can only be assessed by biopsy. Visit the site given below for information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cirrhosis/basics/definition/con-20031617.

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Does a normal liver biopsy rule out cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis. Yes, the purpose of a liver biopsy is to look for any inflammation or fibrosis (cirrhosis) of the liver. A normal liver biopsy mean you don't have cirrhosis. Read more...

I had a liver biopsy done, stage 4 cirrhosis, could you please tell me how bad this is??

Very serious. This is so serious that you would do well to have ie read by.a second pathologist. You also need to determine the cause of the cirrhosis. Usually it is partly reversible if you find and can treat the cause. Read more...

What types of cirrhosis can a liver biopsy and fibroscan miss?

You are okay man! A Biosy that is adequate and that does not show cirrhosis rules out cirrhosis and our question is how to help a thoughtful guy like yourself to be comfortable. A second pathologist reading is available if you wish, or a consult with a specialist in emotions. Read more...

Does a normal Fibrotest, Fibroscan and liver biopsy 100% rule out cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis. Nothing is 100% in medicine but all 3 of these tests are normal making it improbable that you have cirrhosis. Read more...

I am convinced I have cirrhosis despite normal liver biopsy and fibroscan. I can't stop thinking about it. Could this be psychological?

You're a wise man! It's quite common for a person to have an idea that they have a particular, serious illness and not be able to get that idea out of their head -- even if they rationally know that it's wrong. Truth be told, you're far more clever than most such folks simply to recognize that this is happening to you. These thoughts can be treated like any other illness, with a good outcome expected. Ask your Dr. Read more...

My husbands liver biopsy showed ''cicken wire'' fibrosis bridging cirrhosis but was not staged. Also mentioned something about ballooning. Ideas?

Stage 4. If the pathologist is using the term "cirrhosis" by definition it's stage 4. Chicken wire may refer to mild fibrotic bands rather than thick bands and is potentially reversible depending on the cause. Ballooning can be seen in alcoholic liver disease as well as fatty liver disease known as NASH which is seen in non-alcoholics. Can also see in some viral liver diseases implying an acute process. Read more...
Yes. My hope is that he will be able to stop drinking. If he has concurrent liver disease from any cause, I hope this will also be addressed. Only he has the power to stop. THis kind of thing can regress on achieving sobriety, at least in part. Read more...
Steatohepatitis. Your husband has Steatohepatitis. Chicken-wire (or pericentral fibrosis) is a term which defines Steatohepatitis. Bridging cirrhosis, under the Brunt classification, can be considered stage 2-3, among liver pathologists. Ballooning refers to ballooning denegeration (marker of individual liver cell injury). The causes are NOT only alcohol, but can be with Non-alcoholic and Alcoholic Steatohepatitis. Read more...

My liver biopsy shows inflammation & early fibrosis from the hep c, developing fibrosis indicates beginning stages for developing cirrhosis.

Your question? yes fibrosis without disease modification can progress into cirrhosis however this process usually takes 30-40 years. with new HCV drugs, we expect 95-98% eradication rates so with early fibrosis and treatment in case of any progression, it is unlikely that you'll ever get to cirrhosis. Read more...