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What does a liver biopsy for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma consist of?

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Your doctor may want to remove a sample of your liver tissue and check it under a microscope for cancer cells.

This can be done several ways. In one method, your doctor removes some liver tissue with a needle that he places through your skin and into your liver. He numbs the area first so you won't feel pain.

Your doctor may also do a biopsy by making a small cut in your belly and putting a needle into the liver to pull out a sample of tissue. You'll get anesthesia first, so you won't be awake while this is going on.

From: Hepatocellular Carcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Is Liver Cancer?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Liver Cancer."

Merck Manuals Home Edition: Primary Liver Tumors."

University of California, San Francisco: "Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

Cancer Research UK: "Risks and causes of liver cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on March 3, 2019

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