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What will happen during the liver biopsy? PDF Print E-mail

The doctor examines the lower right side of your chest and stomach to find the best area for the biopsy.  Occasionally, the biopsy is done with ultrasound guidance to select the biopsy site.  The area is cleaned with iodine and alcohol.  Sterile towels are placed around the cleaned area.  The area is made numb with lidocaine. This stings briefly.  A tiny cut is made in your skin.  You should not feel this.  Your doctor will instruct you in a breathing technique to facilitate the biopsy.  The actual performance of the biopsy takes less than five minutes.  The tissue sample that is obtained is sent to the pathologist for examination.