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If you take insulin, check with your doctor about what you
need to take on the day of your test.
be asked to sign a consent form that says you understand the risks of the test and agree to have it done.
Arrange for someone to drive you home
after the test because you may be given a
sedative to help you relax.
You will have
blood tests done before the liver biopsy to see whether you have any bleeding
or blood clotting problems. You may also have an ultrasound test or CT scan of
the liver to check the best place to insert the biopsy needle.
Follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking. If you don't, your procedure
may be canceled. If your doctor told you to take your medicines on the day of the procedure, take
them with only a sip of water.
Talk to your doctor about any
concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be
done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of
this test, fill out the
medical test information form(What is a PDF document?).
How It Is Done
A liver biopsy is done by a
surgeon in a clinic or a hospital. A liver biopsy is
often done by a radiologist using ultrasound or a CT scan to help guide the
biopsy needle. When cirrhosis of the liver or a cancer is suspected, a liver
biopsy may be done during a
You will need to take off
all or most of your clothes. You will be given a cloth or paper gown to use
during the test.
Before the test, you may be given a sedative
through a vein (IV) in your arm. The sedative will help you relax and
During the test
During the test, you will lie on your back with your right arm
resting under or above your head and your head turned to your left. Your doctor
may tap on your chest and belly to find your liver or he or she may use