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A liver biopsy is a special procedure that’s safe and quick. It can help your doctor find out how healthy your liver is.
A liver biopsy may be done if you have:
Symptoms of a liver problem. These include yellowing skin and eyes or dark urine (jaundice) from infection, scarring, or damage from medicines.
Abnormal liver imaging tests, blood tests, or liver enzymes
A chronic liver condition
An abnormal liver scan
A liver biopsy helps your doctor diagnose a liver problem, such as cirrhosis or a fatty liver. He or she looks at your liver cells under the microscope. It also helps the doctor in finding the cause of your liver problem and how serious it is.
Internal bleeding from the liver
Damage to organs near the liver. These include the lungs, gallbladder, kidneys, or intestines.
Need for a second liver biopsy if not enough liver tissue was taken the first time
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