Angiography > Exams & Procedures > Liver Biopsy (Percutaneous)
Tissue specimens are obtained for diagnosis of liver disease. Ultrasound guidance is used to better visualize the liver. Local anaesthetic is injected to numb the area and then specimens are obtained with a hollow needle through the skin.
The procedure takes about 1/2 hour. You will be on bed rest for three hours after the test.
If you are taking aspirin, Coumadin, Tyclid, Plavix or Aggrenox please stop taking this medication one week before, but only with your doctor's approval.
A blood test will be performed prior to the procedure. You will be in hospital for at least three hours after the test.