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Liver Biopsy

Alternate Names : Biopsy of the Liver, Percutaneous Liver Biopsy

Liver Biopsy | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Abnormalities on a liver biopsy can identify several disorders, including:

  • alcoholic liver disease
  • cancer of the liver
  • cirrhosis, which is a chronic disease causing scarring of the liver
  • hemochromatosis, which causes a buildup of iron in the liver
  • hepatitis
  • tuberculosis, an infection that usually begins in the lungs
  • Wilson disease, in which copper builds up in the liver

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    Liver Biopsy: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: David T. Moran, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 05/29/01

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