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?

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@rosemarya

@donnak142, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I am happy that you have joined this discussion and shared your experience with this test procedure. I am a liver transplant patient, I did not have NASH, and I did not have the test that you describe. Would you tell me the name of it when you learn it? I would like to learn about it.
How long have you known of the NASH diagnosis?

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I was diagnosed April2015 from liver biopsy. This week I has a fibro scan at the GI Research Center in Pensacola, Fl. I can send photo of scan page

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I should have a report back on this scan in 3-4 weeks.

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@donnak142

I was diagnosed April2015 from liver biopsy. This week I has a fibro scan at the GI Research Center in Pensacola, Fl. I can send photo of scan page

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@donnak142 – So, am I correct that this test is to look at the degree of liver damage?
I am not at all a medically trained person, so if you post the image, I will not know what it is all about. If you do choose to post it, please remove any identifying information,for your privacy.

How are you being treated currently for NASH? And are you experiencing any bothersome liver disease symptoms?

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Liver Biopsy is required to R/o malignancy and Liver Abscess

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@drsatyanarayankanchari

Liver Biopsy is required to R/o malignancy and Liver Abscess

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Is it required for diagnosiing fibrosis of liver?

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@donnak142

I should have a report back on this scan in 3-4 weeks.

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Hi @donnak142, I agree with Rosemary. Before uploading an image of the scan results, be sure to black out personal identifying information of yourself and of the practitioner. For example remove your name, MRN, technician name, location, etc. I removed the image you posted because that information was clearly visible. Feel free to repost the image with the personal identifying pieces of information covered up. It's good internet safety practice.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @donnak142, I agree with Rosemary. Before uploading an image of the scan results, be sure to black out personal identifying information of yourself and of the practitioner. For example remove your name, MRN, technician name, location, etc. I removed the image you posted because that information was clearly visible. Feel free to repost the image with the personal identifying pieces of information covered up. It's good internet safety practice.

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Thank you. I’m new to this.

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@donnak142

Thank you. I’m new to this.

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@donnak142, New or Old- I am happy that you are here on Connect. You are among others who understand.
I hope that you get a good report and that it explains what is going on. I look forward to hearing from you.

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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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@rosemarya Rosemary l had a liver biopsy and l thought it was to see how much damage and if you would need a liver transplant. I only had one for right now but l had one doctor say l had hepatic encephalopathy and then another say cirrhosis of the liver. And then it started with autoimmune encephalitis so it is a little confusing. I know encephalopathy means liver. And AE if you have a autoimmune disease and hepatic is related to herpes but l asked the doctor how can you have all three,? And l didn't get a really good answer except he said they all have the same symptoms but it can later affect the liver for some people. And cirrhosis is liver failure. But you must take care of your liver with lifestyle changes.

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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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Have not had biopsy yet.
Just curious do you still have gallbladder?

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@adah

Have not had biopsy yet.
Just curious do you still have gallbladder?

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No

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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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Adan, in response to your son, I’m in 3rd stage of PBF, over the years I agree with plant base diet, lots of homemade soup and white fish . Watch your fruits tho, some are very acidic and can upset your stomach ., also Liquid vitamins are best , they digest better . I had to stop eating breads, and sodas. If this helps any at all let me know. It’s been 25years for me.

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