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teababy
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm due for a biopsy in a week, can anyone share their experience w/ me? And I've a question, they will be taking 3 samples of the liver, I read A sample 1, why so many samples, isn't 1 enough? I think it only increases my risks of bleeding or may puncture lung or other organs. What do you think????

hep93
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Teababy.  They may want to get samples from different parts of your liver to get a more complete picture of your liver's condition.  The liver is the largest organ in the body, 2nd only to the skin.  There is a right and left lobe.  While I only had one sample taken when I had biopsies, I'm sure there are valid reasons why your doctor wants more.  The first biopsy I had I found it very painful, as they would not give me any kind of medication prior to it and I was very tense.  For the 2nd one, it was done while I was under anesthesia for removal of the rt. lobe of my liver, so of course I didn't feel a thing.

The biopsy will tell the doctor the extent of your liver damage...if you have cirrhosis or cancer, etc.


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teababy
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay what was painful the shots or the removal of tissue? And how was your recovery? Were you able to carry on as normal? I thank you for sharing, best wishes to you!

mer
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   Posted 4/22/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Teababy,

When my hubby had his liver biopsy, I think they took a couple of samples. After the procedure, he did have to lay still for several hours and take it easy for a day or two. He was sore, but within a few days he was fine.

Hope that helps!

Mer

hep93
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Mer is correct.  You have to lay on your side with something folded up against your liver area for several hours.  This is to prevent a bleed following the biopsy.  It was the biopsy itself that hurt.  However, I've heard others say it didn't bother them.  I got a terrible backache afterwards and they did give me a shot of Demerol, which took away all pain for a long time.  I took the day afterwards off from work as I was still pretty sore, but after that I was fine.

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teababy
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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing
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