Liver Biopsy in St. Petersburg


Liver Biopsy in St. Petersburg

The liver is a vital organ plays a very important role in processing nutrients, creating new proteins, and removing wastes that the kidneys are incapable of eliminating. When a person’s liver is not functioning properly, a liver biopsy may be necessary to find out why. During a St. Petersburg liver biopsy, a gastroenterologist will remove small tissue samples from the organ for the purpose of identifying damage or diagnosing and staging disease.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a liver biopsy?

The liver is necessary for survival. When it is not working properly, a doctor may order lab tests and imaging scans to identify abnormalities, enlargement or abnormal levels of liver enzymes. If detected, a liver biopsy may be necessary to diagnose the cause of those problems. In some cases, liver biopsy is also needed to monitor the condition of the liver after treatment, such as following a liver transplant.

Biopsied liver tissue is examined in a laboratory and can be used to diagnose and stage many different disorders, including:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Cirrhosis
  • Hemochromatosis

Are all liver biopsies the same?

There are three types of liver biopsies – percutaneous, transvenous and laparoscopic. The first – percutaneous – is the most common type of liver biopsy and involves the insertion of a hollow needle into the abdomen in order to harvest liver tissue. During a transvenous liver biopsy, liver tissue is harvested through a tube that has been threaded through the jugular vein in the neck. A laparoscopic liver biopsy is performed via an abdominal incision, through which a laparoscope allows the doctor to view the body’s internal organs and also remove liver tissue using a needle.

What should I expect during a St. Petersburg liver biopsy?

Liver biopsies are performed at a hospital or outpatient center. Your experience will vary depending on the type of biopsy you undergo. Most patients are asked to avoid food and drink in the hours leading up to the procedure – especially if they will be sedated. During a percutaneous biopsy, the doctor administers a local anesthetic to help numb the tissues surrounding the biopsy site. A needle is then guided into the liver with the aid of ultrasound imaging. It takes only seconds to harvest tissue from the liver in this way. In most cases, patients need only one to two days to recover from a liver biopsy, after which time they can return to work and other activities.



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