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How do I prepare for a liver biopsy?


  • Tell the doctor if you have a personal or family history of a bleeding disorder.
  • Do not take aspirin, aspirin substitutes or any products containing aspirin or salicylic acid for 10 days before the biopsy. These medicines can increase your chances of bleeding after the biopsy. Do not take advil, aleve, alka-seltzer, anacin, ascriptin, bayer, bc powder, bufferin, doan’s, ecotrin, equagesic, excedrin, ibuprofen, motrin or norgesic tablets. Read the labels carefully. Call the doctor if you have any doubts about a medicine. You may take tylenol instead.
  • Your doctor will instruct you to get blood testing done several days before the biopsy. If your blood test has not already been set up, call the nurse to arrange a time.
  • Make sure an adult can take you home and stay with you after the biopsy.
  • Your doctor will give you detailed instructions regarding dietary restrictions to be followed.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any reactions to medicines, or are allergic to iodine, lidocaine, band-aids, or adhesive tape.