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What happens when you get a biopsy to check on liver fibrosis?

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When you get a biopsy, a doctor takes a little bit of tissue from your liver to check under a microscope to see how damaged your liver cells might be. You’ll lie flat on a table. Your doctor will find your liver by using an ultrasound machine or by feeling your belly. You might be given medicine to help you relax. The skin over your liver will be cleaned, and you’ll get a shot so you don’t feel pain from the biopsy needle. A long, thin needle goes into your belly to take tissue from your liver. This will be done in 10 or 15 spots to make sure enough cells have been taken from different areas. You may spend a few hours after the biopsy at the doctor’s office to make sure you feel OK.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: “Hepatitis C Questions and Answers for the Public.”

The Hepatitis C Trust: “Hepatitis C Liver Damage Progression.”

American Liver Foundation: “The Progression of Liver Disease.”

University of Virginia: “Diagnosing Liver Fibrosis: Choosing the Right Test for You.”

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: “Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Elastography.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Understanding Your FibroScan Results.”

U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Blood Tests.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 26, 2020

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