Understanding Liver Biopsy
A liver biopsy is a special procedure that's safe and quick. It can help your doctor assess the health of the liver.
Who Needs a Liver Biopsy?
A liver biopsy may be done if you have:
- Symptoms of a liver problem, such as jaundice (yellowing skin and eyes or dark urine), due to infection, scarring, or damage from medications
- Abnormal liver imaging or blood tests
- A chronic liver condition
What a Liver Biopsy Can Do
A liver biopsy helps your doctor diagnose a liver problem, such as cirrhosis or a fatty liver. It also aids him or her in assessing the cause and severity of your liver problem.