A liver Reference biopsy Opens New Window is done using a needle inserted between two of the right lower ribs to remove a sample of liver tissue. The tissue sample is sent to a laboratory and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any liver problems.
A liver biopsy may be done when liver blood tests are abnormal. It may be done when an Reference X-ray Opens New Window, an Reference ultrasound Opens New Window, or a Reference computed tomography (CT) scan Opens New Window shows a problem with the liver. A liver biopsy can also be done to find the cause of Reference jaundice Opens New Window or to check on Reference cirrhosis Opens New Window, Reference hepatitis Opens New Window, or liver cancer.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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