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Liver Biopsy

 

* A liver biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of the liver so it can be examined with a microscope for signs of damage or disease.
 

* A liver biopsy is used to diagnose liver problems or to estimate the degree of liver damage.
 

* Patients prepare for a liver biopsy by stopping medications that might interfere with blood clotting and by having blood drawn to make sure clotting is  normal. 
 

*Patients should not eat or drink for 8 hours before the liver biopsy and should arrange a ride home.
 

* Results from a liver biopsy take a few days to come back.
 

* Most patients fully recover from a liver biopsy in 1 to 2 days.
 

* The major risk of liver biopsy is excessive bleeding, called hemorrhage.