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Understanding Liver Biopsy


 

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liver biopsy is a special procedure that's safe and quick. It can help your doctor assess the health of the liver.

WHO NEEDS A LIVER BIOPSY?

A liver biopsy may be done if you have:

  • Symptoms of a liver problem, such as jaundice (yellowing skin and eyes or dark urine), due to infection, scarring, or damage from medications

  • Abnormal liver imaging or blood tests

  • A chronic liver condition

WHAT A LIVER BIOPSY CAN DO

A liver biopsy helps your doctor diagnose a liver problem, such as cirrhosis or a fatty liver. It also aids him or her in assessing the cause and severity of your liver problem.

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POSSIBLE RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

  • Infection

  • Internal bleeding from the liver

  • Damage to organs near the liver (lungs, gallbladder, or intestines)

  • Need for a second liver biopsy if not enough liver tissue was obtained the first time

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