Liver biopsy

Posted by adah @adah, Feb 9, 2019

My son has had a FibroSure test, which came back abnormal, needs a liver biopsy now. What will biopsy tell? And is this test accurate?

Hi @adah, Mayo Clinic has some information here as to why a liver biopsy is done.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/liver-biopsy/about/pac-20394576

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@adah, I have had several of liver biopsies due to liver disease. It is the way that the liver Gastroenterologist (GI) or Hepatologist (liver spcialist) can find out if there is any damage inside the liver, or to what degree. Elevated LFT's (liver function tets) can only show that there is something that is acting against the liver.
If I can be of any help or answer what I remember, please let me know.

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How due drs determine hepatic Encephalopathy?
He’s already had tons of blood work and cat scan of head

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@rosemarya

@adah, I have had several of liver biopsies due to liver disease. It is the way that the liver Gastroenterologist (GI) or Hepatologist (liver spcialist) can find out if there is any damage inside the liver, or to what degree. Elevated LFT's (liver function tets) can only show that there is something that is acting against the liver.
If I can be of any help or answer what I remember, please let me know.

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I have fatty liver and am having the MRI with fiber test , I am hoping this will not lead to further testing
Can you tell me more about the biopsy procedure

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@soteloli

I have fatty liver and am having the MRI with fiber test , I am hoping this will not lead to further testing
Can you tell me more about the biopsy procedure

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@soteloli
Since you have mentioned NASH, I would like to share this link from Mayo Clinic's Patient Care and Health Information. As you read through it, you will find some more about the role of the liver biopsy.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20354567
Liver Biopsy: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/liver-biopsy/about/pac-20394576

During my liver biopsies, I was awake. My abdomen was numbed, and the only thing that I felt was pressure when the doctor inserted the needle for the samples. I had at least 2 and both were at different facilities. The procedure did not tkae long at all. The anticipation and the hospital setting were the most uncomfortable part for me. I was relieved when it was finished. Afterward, I remember that there was a period time when I had to lie on my and be monitored to be sure of no internal bleeding.

@adah, I want to be sure that you see what I have posted about a liver biopsy. And I would like to ask you to tell us little about the fiber test? How long did it take for you to get the results?
Soteloli, When is your fiber test?

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@soteloli

I have fatty liver and am having the MRI with fiber test , I am hoping this will not lead to further testing
Can you tell me more about the biopsy procedure

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Waiting for dr to schedule it

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@rosemarya

@soteloli
Since you have mentioned NASH, I would like to share this link from Mayo Clinic's Patient Care and Health Information. As you read through it, you will find some more about the role of the liver biopsy.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20354567
Liver Biopsy: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/liver-biopsy/about/pac-20394576

During my liver biopsies, I was awake. My abdomen was numbed, and the only thing that I felt was pressure when the doctor inserted the needle for the samples. I had at least 2 and both were at different facilities. The procedure did not tkae long at all. The anticipation and the hospital setting were the most uncomfortable part for me. I was relieved when it was finished. Afterward, I remember that there was a period time when I had to lie on my and be monitored to be sure of no internal bleeding.

@adah, I want to be sure that you see what I have posted about a liver biopsy. And I would like to ask you to tell us little about the fiber test? How long did it take for you to get the results?
Soteloli, When is your fiber test?

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The FibroSure test had to be done at hospital and it took 2 weeks for results.

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Where did you have it done at .

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@rosemarya

@adah, I have had several of liver biopsies due to liver disease. It is the way that the liver Gastroenterologist (GI) or Hepatologist (liver spcialist) can find out if there is any damage inside the liver, or to what degree. Elevated LFT's (liver function tets) can only show that there is something that is acting against the liver.
If I can be of any help or answer what I remember, please let me know.

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The dr says the FibroSure test shows my son has fibrosis of the liver, and he does not want to do liver biopsy. How do I know how bad fibrosis is without biopsy???
He just wants to keep an eye on it.

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@adah

The dr says the FibroSure test shows my son has fibrosis of the liver, and he does not want to do liver biopsy. How do I know how bad fibrosis is without biopsy???
He just wants to keep an eye on it.

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@adah Good morning! I can tell from your posts that you are worried about your son and his liver fibrosis. The best thing for you and your son right now is not to worry. You’ll make yourself sick! The doctor will watch the lab/blood values for any changes. Your son should focus on helping/improving his liver function. He should focus on a plant-based diet, eat foods like veggies and citrus fruit, nuts, fish, healthy oils, and drink coffee and tea (who knew!) Also avoid over-consumption of food and alcohol. Focus on a good exercise program. I found this info on sites like WebMD, which is a reputable site. I hope everything goes OK for you and your son. Let us know how it goes!

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@becsbuddy

@adah Good morning! I can tell from your posts that you are worried about your son and his liver fibrosis. The best thing for you and your son right now is not to worry. You’ll make yourself sick! The doctor will watch the lab/blood values for any changes. Your son should focus on helping/improving his liver function. He should focus on a plant-based diet, eat foods like veggies and citrus fruit, nuts, fish, healthy oils, and drink coffee and tea (who knew!) Also avoid over-consumption of food and alcohol. Focus on a good exercise program. I found this info on sites like WebMD, which is a reputable site. I hope everything goes OK for you and your son. Let us know how it goes!

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Thank you so much for your advice, I look for response’s everyday just looking for others who understand our situation.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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@adah

Thank you so much for your advice, I look for response’s everyday just looking for others who understand our situation.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

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@adah Good morning! How are you today? I think you’ve come to the most difficult stage of any disease—waiting. It is so hard and really tries your patience. When I worked in the hospital, we saw it everyday—just waiting. We really tried to shift a patient’s focus from waiting to something positive. Maybe you could try that. Have you heard of “tapping”? Google thetappingsolution. It has a great way to refocus your brain onto the positive. It sure works for me. Maybe @lioness has some more info on it. Stay in touch, please!

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