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Liver biopsy: A liver biopsy is the removal of liver tissue for microscopic examination; a special needle is inserted through the abdominal wall, into the liver. This test may be performed with an imaging technique (e.g. CT scan or MRI) to guide placement of the needle to the diseased area.
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With a liver biopsy (BYE-op-see), the physician is able to examine a small piece of tissue from your liver for signs of damage or disease. This procedure involves using a special needle to remove tissue from the liver. The physician decides to do a liver biopsy after tests suggest that the liver does not work properly. For example, a blood test might show that your blood contains higher than normal levels of liver enzymes or too much iron or copper. An x-ray could suggest that the liver is swollen. Looking at liver tissue itself is the best way to determine whether the liver is healthy. (Source: excerpt from Liver Biopsy: NIDDK)
Disease or Condition count: 13; see list of conditions below. These are the diseases or medical conditions in which the medical test 'Liver biopsy' may be involved.
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