• What is Liver Biopsy?
Liver Biopsy is the procedure of collecting liver tissue samples for laboratory examinations.
• The purpose of Liver Biopsy.
Liver Biopsies are common in diagnosing and staging various liver diseases such as –
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic hepatitis B or C, Alcholic liver disease, Wilson’s disease, Hemochromatosis, Primary biliary cirrhosis, Primary sclerosing cholangitis, Autoimmune hepatitis.
Depending on the circumstances the doctor will decide whether a percutaneous(insertion in the liver), transjugular(insertion into a vain in neck), or laparoscopic(insertion in abdomen) liver biopsy is the best option for you.
It is also used to see how a treatment for liver disease is working.
• How is it performed?
We recommend Liver Biopsy if your blood tests or imaging suggest that there is a problem with the liver or there is an indication the severity of your preexisting liver disease is changing.
To perform this procedure a small needle is inserted into the liver, vain, or abdomen to collect tissue samples, that later gets analyzed in the laboratory.