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Why would you need a Liver Biopsy?

This morning a good friend is having a liver biopsy. I sure hope everything goes well. She is the only friend, from my "other life" still alive. My other life, was when I was living in the bay area, divorced, and raising my 3 sons. She was with me through my divorce. I have other friends from that time - I'm talking about really close, good friends. She knew all my secrets. Well, maybe not all of them. 😊

I'm learning about all of these ailments and procedures as my friends and neighbors start having them. I look them up and share them.


They are done to detect the presence of abnormal cells in the liver, like cancer cells, or to evaluate disease processes such as cirrhosis. Your doctor may order this test if blood or imaging tests indicate there are problems with your liver.

What is the procedure? 
A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. This is performed as an office or outpatient procedure or during surgery. The tissue is then analyzed in a laboratory to help doctors diagnose a variety of disorders and diseases in the liver.

Is a liver biopsy serious?
The primary risk of liver biopsy is bleeding from the site of needle entry into the liver, although this occurs in less than one percent of patients. Other possible complications include the puncture of other organs, such as the kidney, lung or colon.

She should get the results in one-two weeks. I sure hope it is nothing serious. She is afraid it is cancer.

I never thought about my liver before - of course, I was young. When my sister died suddenly, in 2015, the autopsy revealed cirrhosis of the liver. It shocked everyone. She was 56 and had been treated for high blood pressure. It still bothers me. My niece and her husband, wouldn't let me read the completed autopsy.

So since then, I have gotten off 2 medications. The GERD medicines and the Anti-Inflammatory for my joints. Both were bad for the liver and my ulcer.

This is the yucky part of getting old.

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Why would you need a Liver Biopsy?


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