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Why is a liver biopsy done?

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  • You might have a liver biopsy if you have: Persistent abnormal liver blood tests (liver enzymes)
  • Unexplained yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • A liver abnormality found on ultrasound, CT scan, or nuclear scan
  • Unexplained enlargement of the liver

Doctors can also use a liver biopsy to estimate the degree of liver damage, to grade and stage hepatitis B and C, and to determine the best treatment for the damage or disease.

From: Liver Biopsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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