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Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

What is Liver Biopsy?
A Liver biopsy is a 10 minutes procedure in which a needle is inserted through the liver to obtain a tissue sample. The tissue is then sent to the lab for evaluation. A liver biopsy is done to evaluate any problems with the liver or to monitor any known liver disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis.

How to Prepare for Liver Biopsy?
  • Your physician will send you for a blood test in which a blood count, and your blood's ability to clot is measured (PT, PTT levels). This blood test is done to check for any bleeding problems or any blood clotting disorders. These results must be available before your liver biopsy is performed.
  • If you take aspirin, coumadin or any anticoagulant medicines, you will be asked to stop them one week prior to your exam.
  • You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
What will happen during the Procedure?
  • Your physician will mark the area from which the biopsy will be obtained.
  • The site will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution.
  • A local anesthetic will be injected around the site chosen.
  • A small incision will be made to allow the needle to go through the skin.
  • Your physician will ask you to take a deep breath, exhale it and to hold it while he inserts and withdraws the needle to obtain a tissue sample.
  • After the tissue is obtained, a bandage will be placed around the site and a pressure dressing will be applied.
  • The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes.
What happens after the Procedure?
  • To avoid any post procedure bleeding, a roll of blanket will be positioned to the puncture site, and you will be asked to lie on your right side for 2 hours.
  • Your vital signs will be monitored for approximately 4 hours after the procedure.
  • Upon discharge, you will need somebody to drive you home.
  • You are recommended to remain on bed rest for 8 to 12 hours to prevent reactionary bleeding.
  • No driving or no strenuous activities for at least 24 hours.
  • Your physician will discuss biopsy findings when the results become available several days after the procedure.
  • Your may take a shower at nighttime or the next day morning. Do not have a tub bath.

Wound Care:

  • An adhesive dressing should be applied to the wound site for the first 24 hours.
  • Keep the wound site clean and dry. Dry it thoroughly after a shower.
  • Shower is recommended instead of tub bath for the first 48 hours.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment for 5 days after the procedure and cover it with a band-aid.

Contact your Physician Immediately if:

  • You have fever.
  • You have any bloody discharge, excessive oozing, redness and swelling from the wound site.
  • You have difficult breathing.
  • You experience severe pain that radiates to the back, abdomen, shoulder or chest.