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Liver biopsy

Liver biopsy

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.

Liver biopsy: Broader Types

Other broader types of medical diagnostic tests related to Liver biopsy include:

Symptoms Associated with Liver biopsy

These symptoms may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Liver biopsy:

  • Swelling of the liver
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Suspected tumor
  • Jaundice

Diseases Associated with Liver biopsy

These diseases or medical conditions may be diagnosed by, screened for, or associated with Liver biopsy:

Article Excerpts about Liver biopsy

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)

Basic Information: Liver biopsy

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.

Diseases and Conditions that List Liver biopsy as a Diagnostic Test

The following list of conditions have 'Liver biopsy' or similar listed as a medical diagnostic test in our database:


  • Autoimmune Hepatitis ... Liver biopsy


  • Cirrhosis of the liver ... liver biopsy


  • Hemochromatosis ... liver biopsy
  • Hepatitis B ... liver biopsy
  • Hepatitis C ... liver biopsy
  • Hepatoma ... Liver biopsy
  • Hodgkin's Disease ... liver biopsy


  • Liver cancer ... Liver biopsy


  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma ... liver biopsy


  • Primary biliary cirrhosis ... liver biopsy


  • Sarcoidosis ... Liver biopsy


  • Toxocariasis ... liver biopsy


  • Wilson's Disease ... liver biopsy

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