Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

Also known as: liver biopsy.

What is percutaneous liver biopsy?

A biopsy is a medical procedure that involves taking a small sample of tissue in order to check for problems. Percutaneous liver biopsy is a biopsy performed on the liver via the use of a needle.

What happens during the procedure?

Sedation or anesthesia are utilized for a liver biopsy procedure. A long, thin needle is inserted through the rib cage and advanced into the liver, where the liver tissue samples are removed. Ultrasound is often used to help guide the physician in the placement of the liver biopsy needle.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparations are needed for the procedure.

What are the risk factors?

Bleeding, infection, or damage to the liver or surrounding structures are all possible risks of percutaneous liver biopsy.


Reviewed by: John M Peters, DO

This page was last updated on: 6/20/2018 1:14:20 PM

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