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

@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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Hi Rosemary,
I have just been advised that I will need a guided liver biopsy for possible non alcoholic PBC. I am extremely nervous about it. Can I ask you if you have had this type of test and is it very painful? I’m very scared.

Regards,
Alice

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@ali1974

Hi Rosemary,
I have just been advised that I will need a guided liver biopsy for possible non alcoholic PBC. I am extremely nervous about it. Can I ask you if you have had this type of test and is it very painful? I’m very scared.

Regards,
Alice

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@ali1974, Welcome to Connect, Alice. I understand your nervousness right now after being told that you will need a liver biopsy. I am happy to share what I have experienced.
A guided liver biopsy is an outpatient procedure. The doctor will use ultrasound device to determine the place where he wants to take the samples. After he/she marks the spot, he will (in my experience) take 3 very thin threadlike samples with a hollow needle. He will use an instrument with a trigger-like action to insert the needle – it is like a 'snap- then done. He did this 3 x to get 3 samples with a pause between them. During that time he or the assistant chatted with me, and constantly asked if I was okay. Which I was. I felt no pain because the area had been numbed. What I felt was pressure and then a snap each time. My anxiety was high and each time the doctor would tell me when to expect the pressure/snap.
Afterwards, I remember thinking that "Whew, that wasn't so bad!"
I don't recall it taking long, but afterwards I had to lie flat and still while being monitored for any bleeding and for BP to return to normal. After a while I was able to sit up and was able to eat and drink. I forget how long until I was discharged.
After discharge, I could take tylenol if I had any pain and my doctor told my to take it easy for a day or two with no heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
Alice, Have you been scheduled for the liver biopsy, yet? What are some questions that you have?

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