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Discharge Instructions for Liver Biopsy

You had a procedure called liver biopsy. A doctor used a special needle to remove a small piece of tissue from your liver. Then it was examined for signs of damage or disease. A liver biopsy is ordered after other tests have shown that your liver is not working properly. You may also have a liver biopsy when liver disease is suspected, to determine whether there is too much iron in the liver, or to rule out cancer.

Home care

  • Don’t drive for 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Remove the bandage covering the biopsy site 48 hours after the procedure.

  • Rest for 6 hours and take it easy when you arrive home.

  • Don’t shower for 24 hours after the biopsy. If you wish, you may wash yourself with a sponge or washcloth. When you are able to shower, don’t scrub the site. Gently wash the area and pat it dry.

  • Don’t lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 1 day(s) after the procedure.

  • Ask your doctor when you can return to work.

  • Do not start taking blood thinners without clear instructions from your health care provider.

Follow-up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to call your doctor

Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Bleeding from the biopsy site

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Sudden or increased shortness of breath

  • Sudden chest pain

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38.0°C)

  • Shaking chills

  • Yellow eyes or skin

  • Increasing redness, tenderness, or swelling at the biopsy site

  • Drainage from the biopsy site

  • Opening of the biopsy site

  • Vomiting blood

  • Rectal bleeding or bloody stools

  • Increasing pain, with or without activity, in the liver or abdomen area, or pain shooting to the right shoulder

  • Increasing pain, with or without activity

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 3/24/2013
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