Reasons for Liver Biopsy

When your doctor informs you that you need the Liver Biopsy procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Liver Biopsy is Performed

Alternate Names for Liver Biopsy:
Biopsy of liver

Reasons for Procedure

Biopsies of the liver are usually done to evaluate:

  • Abnormal blood tests (eg, elevated liver enzymes, elevated copper, or iron in the blood)
  • An enlarged liver
  • The severity of liver diseases
  • The progress of therapy for liver diseases
  • A liver mass
  • The liver after a liver transplant


Learn what Liver Biopsy is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Liver Biopsy
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Liver Biopsy Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Liver Biopsy Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Liver Biopsy Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Liver Biopsy
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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