Understanding the Liver Biopsy Procedure
A liver biopsy is a special procedure that’s safe and quick. It can help your doctor assess the health of the liver.
Who Needs a Liver Biopsy?
A liver biopsy may be done if you have:
Symptoms of a liver problem, such as jaundice (yellowing skin and eyes or dark urine), due to infection, scarring, or damage from medications
Abnormal liver imaging, blood tests, or liver enzymes
A chronic liver condition
An abnormal liver scan
What a Liver Biopsy Can Do
A liver biopsy helps your doctor diagnose a liver problem, such as cirrhosis or a fatty liver by looking at your liver cells under the microscope. It also aids him or her in assessing the cause and severity of your liver problem.
Possible Risks and Complications
Internal bleeding from the liver
Damage to organs near the liver (lungs, gallbladder, kidneys, or intestines)
Need for a second liver biopsy if not enough liver tissue was obtained the first time