What is a liver biopsy?

In a liver biopsy, the physician examines a small piece of tissue from your liver for signs of damage or disease. Looking at liver tissue itself is the best way to determine whether the liver is healthy or what is causing it to be damaged.

  • If you use aspirin, NSAIDS (such as Ibuprofen), coumadin and/or Plavix, notify your physician as soon as possible.
  • If you take any diabetes medicine you need to talk with your physician prior to the liver biopsy procedure.
  • You must not eat or drink anything for eight hours before the biopsy.
  • Before the procedure, your physician will take blood samples to make sure your blood clots properly. 
  • If you receive sedation for your procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home.

Preparation for a liver biopsy

How is a liver biopsy done?