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Placement of Liver Biopsy Needle


Picture of where a liver biopsy needle is placed between two right lower ribs

A liver biopsy is done using a needle inserted between two of the right lower ribs. The needle removes a small sample of liver tissue. The tissue sample is sent to a lab and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any liver problems.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMichel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Last RevisedDecember 13, 2011

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