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Liver biopsy is a type of surgical procedure which is done for the diagnosis of any kind of disease related to the liver such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, Hemochromatosis etc. There are three types of liver biopsy- Percutaneous biopsy, Transvenous biopsy, Laparoscopic biopsy.
Liver biopsy is often used to diagnose the cause of chronic liver disease that results in elevated liver tests or an enlarged liver. If the diagnosis is known, such as hepatitis C, then the main reason for a liver biopsy is to determine whether the patient has a progressive disease. Mainly liver biopsy is very rarely used to treat any other disease than liver cancer. Patients who have undergone liver transplantation often require numerous liver biopsies in the early weeks to months following the surgery to allow accurate diagnosis of whether the new liver is being rejected or whether other problems have developed. However it is a potential method know n for such situation but it is associated with few complications as well.
Last date updated on September, 2014