Liver biopsy

A liver biopsy is a procedure that takes small samples of liver tissue for investigation. It is used to diagnose and monitor the progression of damage to the liver. Because biopsies are invasive, they are not normally used for PSCers unless absolutely necessary.

What happens?

You lie on your back and a biopsy needle is inserted through your abdominal wall after the area has been numbed. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle to the correct place. You will be told to hold your breath while the biopsies are taken. You may be aware of a feeling like pinching deep inside you when the biopsy is taken.

Once the biopsy needle is removed pressure is applied to stop any bleeding.

You may experience some discomfort at the biopsy site. Women sometimes find that they are unable to wear a bra but might find a crop type top useful for support.

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Reviewed 10/05/12

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