This is a procedure done to obtain a small tissue from the liver so that it can be examined under the microscope for signs of disease and extent of damage. This is done under ultrasound guidance and a small needle is inserted in the liver to get the tissue specimen.
Why is liver biosy done ?
1. Abnormal liver function tests which are not otherwise diagnosed.
2. Staging of liver disease like in Hepatitis B and C
3. To determine treatment plans for liver disease
4. Fever of unknown origin
5. Diagnosing liver diseases like autoimmune liver disease, Wilson’s disease , Hemochromatosis