Liver Biopsy

Liver biopsy is a test done when a liver problem is suspected or to monitor a known liver disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis. When cirrhosis of the liver or a tumor is suspected, a liver biopsy may be done with guidance from CT or ultrasound. These methods help guide the biopsy needle to the area of the liver where the biopsy sample will be taken.

During the procedure, you will lie on your back with your right arm resting under your head. The procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin of the abdomen and into the liver to remove a sample of liver tissue. The tissue sample can then be sent to a laboratory and examined under a microscope to help the physician determine the condition of the liver. The procedure usually takes 15 to 30 minutes.

After the procedure, you will lie on your right side for 2 to 6 hours in a recovery unit where your pulse, blood pressure and temperature will be checked at regular intervals. You will then be allowed to go home and resume normal activities.

Test results are usually available in 2 to 4 days. If tests are done to detect infections, it may take several weeks for results to come back.

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