Serious problems from a liver biopsy are rare. Problems can include:
- Bleeding, which may need blood transfusions or surgery to correct.
- A collapsed lung (Reference pneumothorax Opens New Window).
- Injury to the Reference intestines Opens New Window, Reference gallbladder Opens New Window, or Reference kidney Opens New Window.
- Infection in the belly (Reference peritonitis Opens New Window).
After the test
After the test, call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you develop:
- Signs of Reference shock Opens New Window.
- Reference Severe pain Opens New Window in your chest, shoulder, or belly.
- Reference Moderate to severe Opens New Window trouble breathing.
After the test, call your doctor immediately if you have:
- A lot of bleeding from the needle site.
- A fast or skipping heartbeat.
- A fever.
- Shortness of breath.
- Increasing pain at the needle site.
- Blood in your stool.
- Swelling or bloating in your belly.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery