A liver biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to examine liver tissue and determine the cause of any abnormalities. This procedure is often performed after another test, such as a blood test, indicates a problem within the liver. A liver biopsy can diagnose alcoholic liver disease, hemochromatosis, hepatitis B and C and liver cancer and many other liver disorders.
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The biopsy procedure can be performed in several different ways, but generally takes about 20 minutes and may be performed in your doctor’s office or in a hospital. A percutaneous biopsy uses local anesthesia and a needle to take samples. Percutaneous biopsies may also be assisted by imaging techniques to properly guide the needle. A short recovery time of a few hours is needed after a liver biopsy.
Ogden Clinic GI at McKay provides a liver biopsy to patients in Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah. Call 801.475.3680 or fill out a Contact Form to schedule your appointment.