The first biopsy I had, shortly after HCV diagnosis in '93, showed no cirrhosis. Subsequent CT scans and MRIs with contrast over the years, did not show cirrhosis, either. It was only when the left lobe was biopsied at the time of my rt. liver lobectomy in '07, that I was found to have cirrhosis. So it doesn't always show up on scans, although cancer will. I think with the first biopsy, I had not yet developed the cirrhosis. Whether cirrhosis can be in one part of the liver and not another is something I'm not sure of.
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