The liver biopsy procedure is usually safe in majority of patients. But, there is a small but serious risk of bleeding from the liver which may be potentially life threatening and may require additional treatments.
The liver biopsy is commonly performed to diagnose conditions such as primary or secondary liver cancer, liver cirrhosis, and hepatitis.
As there are different conditions (as mentioned above) leading to liver dysfunction, the treatment varies according to the type and severity of the condition. Your doctor will discuss the treatment options after the diagnosis is confirmed.
Your doctor and the staff caring for you will give instructions you as to when to fast the day before the procedure. If you are on certain medications e.g. Aspirin, Clopidogrel (Plavix), Warfarin, Low molecular weight heparin (Clexane), Rivaroxaban , you may be asked to stop these medications at the appropriate intervals before the procedure.