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Liver Biopsy (cont.)

Intraoperative Liver Biopsy

Intraoperative liver biopsies are typically performed in patients who are undergoing surgery for another reason. Surgery may be performed via an open approach or via a laparoscopic approach, depending upon the needs of the patient. The surgeon may choose to perform a needle biopsy or may choose to remove a small wedge of liver tissue.

In some circumstances, a patient may undergo intraoperative liver ultrasound to identify a liver mass that is difficult to access using a percutaneous approach. That mass lesion may then undergo ultrasound-guided liver biopsy while the patient is on the operating room table.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/28/2013
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