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NASH Studies Unit -NAFLD & NASH Info

  • Question:Liver biopsy
  • Answer:
    We often recommend a liver biopsy to confirm a suspected diagnosis of NAFLD and to find out if NASH is present. Studies show that we can be wrong about a quarter of the time if we don’t do a biopsy. Only a biopsy will tell us if there is also scar tissue in the liver.

     

    A liver biopsy is performed by numbing a spot in the skin on the right side of the abdomen and passing a needle in and out of the liver through the numb spot in less than a second. The biggest risk of a biopsy is severe bleeding and we must always weigh this risk against the benefit of confirming the diagnosis and knowing if NASH is present.
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