percutaneous liver biopsy

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isergodur
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
So my liver tests have been a little funny :S

And my doc said that the ANA something was high, and he took a new blood test today and is going to call me tomorrow and if it is not going down I will have to have a liver biopsy.

Have any of you had this and does it hurt ? Did you get any complications with the biopsy?
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Cipralex and Cerazette.
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MikeB
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   Posted 7/13/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes years ago. They feel for the liver right under the bottom of your rib cage and inject some local anesthetic, then do a quick punch biopsy. It is not seriously painful, more of a jab. Then you will have to lie on your right side for an hour or so and they will check blood pressure to make sure you are not bleeding too much. It can ache some, like after being kicked. Usually go home in 90 or so and perhaps some mild bruising for a couple of days.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

I had a liver biopsy about a year and a half ago because my enzymes were elevated on and off for quite some time.  I heard all this horrible stuff about it but it was nothing compared to other tests I've had done!  I didn't even feel them do the biopsy...they were like, "we're almost done" and I didn't even know they'd stuck it in there.  I was a little sore for a few days afterwards...biggest complaint was that I couldn't do abs at the gym for a week or so. 

I did have other liver tests done before the biopsy - an ERCP and MCRP and I don't remember which one (I think ERCP), but one of them caused me to get pancreatitis and I ended up in the hospital for 3 days with no food or water allowed and missed my sister's baby shower that I was supposed to be hosting.  So, I would choose the biopsy over the ERCP anyday. 

 


Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


isergodur
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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply I am a little less worried now :)

Hope that everything goes well and I don't have to do the biopsy.
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Cipralex and Cerazette.
My wonderful dogs :) ~ www.poodle.is ~


isergodur
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   Posted 7/14/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
my liver enzymes are up again so I have to have the biopsy tomorrow :S

I am a little scared of the results but hope for the best.
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Cipralex and Cerazette.
My wonderful dogs :) ~ www.poodle.is ~

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