This procedure involves the removal of a sample of liver tissue to check for conditions involving the liver.
A liver biopsy is the removal of a sample of liver tissue to check for conditions involving the liver. Your healthcare provider may recommend a liver biopsy to evaluate the stage of liver disease (such as with hepatitis C infection) or to diagnose:
There are non-invasive tests other than liver biopsy that answer some of the same questions. However, while they are non-invasive, they are not as accurate as a liver biopsy.
Prior to having a liver biopsy, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions to follow before and after the procedure. These include:
A liver biopsy is done in a hospital operating room with medication to help you relax. Here are some things to keep in mind:
If you receive sedation for the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a liver biopsy?
After your procedure, it is important to know what you had done, what medication was given and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. Understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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