Liver Biopsy Specialist

Digestive Disorders Associates and MDTEC

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD

Confirming the presence of an existing liver disease takes the skill of an experienced physician, like the providers at Digestive Disorders Associates in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills/Waugh Chapel, Maryland. The medical team offers liver biopsy services to confirm liver conditions like cancer and hepatitis, or to ensure treatment methods for an existing liver disease are working. The results of a liver biopsy help the medical team create a customized treatment plan to treat your disease and prevent additional liver damage. Learn more about the benefits of a liver biopsy by scheduling an appointment online or by phone.

Liver Biopsy Q & A

What is a liver biopsy?

A liver biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to check for organ damage or disease. During the procedure, your Digestive Disorders Associates provider removes a small part of your liver tissue, which they send to a medical lab for examination under a microscope.


Why do I need a liver biopsy?

Your doctor may recommend a liver biopsy if they’ve detected abnormalities in your liver during other imaging tests or bloodwork.

 

The biopsy can confirm a diagnosis of liver disease or determine the severity of the disease. Your doctor then uses the information to create a custom treatment plan.

 

Conditions that may require a liver biopsy include:

  • Fatty liver disease
  • Chronic hepatitis B or C
  • Alcohol-induced liver disease
  • Liver cancer

Once your treatment begins, your Digestive Disorders Associates physician may request a second liver biopsy to make sure the treatment is effective.


How do I prepare for a liver biopsy?

Before your biopsy, your physician meets with you and discusses any current medications you take, as you may need to stop taking some of them in the days leading up to your procedure. They also order blood tests to check for blood clotting issues.

It’s important to avoid eating or drinking for up to eight hours before the biopsy to prevent complications.


What happens during a liver biopsy?

To keep you comfortable during the procedure, you receive an intravenous line in your arm that can deliver pain-relieving medications and a sedative to help you relax.

During the biopsy, your Digestive Disorders Associates doctor may use an ultrasound to locate your liver and help guide the needle into place. To access your liver, he makes a small incision near the bottom of your rib cage and inserts the biopsy needle to remove a small tissue sample.

Once the procedure is complete, you recover until the sedative wears off. You need to have a friend or family member drive you home and stay with you for several hours.

Your doctor sends the tissue sample to a medical laboratory for further examination. They contact you with results and may schedule a follow-up appointment for additional testing.

To schedule a consultation for a liver biopsy, use the online booking feature or call the nearest Digestive Disorders Associates office in Annapolis, Chester, or Gambrills/Waugh Chapel.