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Liver Biopsy (cont.)

Benefits of Liver Biopsy

The key benefit of biopsy is the correct determination of a patient's diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is correctly made, physicians can begin appropriate treatment.

Sometimes, liver biopsy is performed to determine whether or not liver disease is stable or has progressed over a period of time. Uncertainty as to the severity of one's disease can be devastating for some patients. The results of liver biopsy may bring the patient comfort, even if the biopsy shows that the individual's disease has progressed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/28/2013
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