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Liver Biopsy

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What is Liver Biopsy?

A liver biopsy is the removal of tissue from the liver for testing.

What are the types of liver Biopsy

  • Percutaneous biopsy-the most common type of liver biopsy-involves inserting a hollow needle through the abdomen into the liver.
  • Transvenous biopsy involves making a small incision in the neck and inserting a needle through a hollow tube called a sheath through the jugular vein to the liver.
  • Laparoscopic biopsy involves inserting a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny video camera attached, through a small incision to look inside the body to view the surface of organs.

Indications for Liver Biopsy

  • Infections and Inflammations of the liver
  • Jaundice
  • Tumors
  • Cysts
  • Alcoholic liver disease

Limitations and Complications

A limitation of liver biopsy may be that the results may be variable. A complication like bleeding can occur. Sometimes it may require a blood transfusion.

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