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What is Liver biopsy?

Liver biopsy is the biopsy from the liver. It is a medical test that is done to aid diagnosis of liver disease, to assess the severity of known liver disease, and to monitor the progress of treatment

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Dear sir I am suffering from HBSAG since 2007 the HBVDNA count is 1000000 copies Dear sir, I am suffering from HBSAG since 2007, the HBVDNA count is 10,00,000 copies/ml on 12/04/2011, Doctors asked me to do liver biopsy . What is meant by LIVER BIOPSY? Is there any problem by doing this(I mean any side effects)? How it can be done? They told me to purchase a liver biopsy gun.. Please give reply as early as possible.
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Thanks for writing to us.
In liver biopsy a small liver tissue is taken with the help of a thick needle and is examined for the effects produced on your liver by the infection. There is minimal risk involved and it is a safe OPD procedure.
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DRUG INDUCED FATTY LIVER.
I am male 33 years age. height =173cm,wt=72kg,lean body shape,non alcoholic.I had TB 12years before and used Isonazid and Rifamzine for treatment(9 months).
For last eight years I am having high values of liver function test results (sgpt =235,sgot=88,pt=14).Ultrasound shows mild fatty infiltration of liver.Liver biopsy shows midzonal fatty change ,no fibrosis or interphase hepatitis,no deposits of iron. No hepatitis. sgpt and sgot values are continuously high for last eight years. one consultant opinioned that it is fatty liver due to the drugs used for tb treatment. Used udiliv for 4months,enzime values came down,when it is used,but it came as earlier when it stopped. Is it completly reversible(curable)? How XXXXXXX it is? What medication shoud take. Kindly help.
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Thanks for the query.

Elevated SGOT and SGPT usually indicate hepatitis and correlate with inflammation - portal or interface on the biopsy. While it is common to have normal enzymes but presence of inflammation on biopsy.

But it is unlikely that you have an elevated enzymes and no...
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I have hepatitis b last 1.1/2 year, but i have taken medicine on last six month continiously but still it showing positive, how i have to recover from this diseases
Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for posting the question.

It would have been good if you type the complete report here or upload a scan copy of the report. There are a number of tests that the Gastroenterologists conduct for tracking the progress of Hep B treatment.

You said, still it showing positive--I...
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Wondering about cancer and statistics at my age
I have had a recent blood work up and had some concerns. My ALT was 93 U/L and my AST 28 U/L. My Alkaline Phosphate is 122 U/L. My Total bilirubin is 2.1 mg/dL and direct bilirubin 0.4

Wondering how concerning this is and if it deserves immediate attention?
Hello and thank you for submitting your question.

Your question is a good one and I will work on providing you with some information and recommendations.

First of all I want to tell you that I am not concerned that we are dealing with any type of cancer at this point. You have very slight changes...
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I have jadaice three months back , the Bilirubin level was 3.8 and SGOT AND SGPT Was 500 and 450 repsectively that time , the blirumbin level and sgot and sgpt came to normal after 1 month , but soon i again had jadice with 2.8 bilirum and sgpt and sgot of 349 and 234 , which also lasted for fifteen days .. Again today i have jaducie with bilirium normal and sgpt 255 and sgot 192 ,, what is the reason for this repeated jaudice? What should i do , i have done hep b test its negaive , ultrasound showns inflammed liver somewhat , kft is normal , cbc bllod test is normal > i have some itching ,, and find somewhat diffiuclt in breathing also from last two days . I have normal bp and no blood pressure
Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query.

Jaundice is a sign of an underlying Liver pathology. It is could be due to poor liver function or infection harbored in the biliary system. Recurrent episodes of jaundice would damage your liver. A thorough examination with a specialist Hepatologist /...
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Hi.i had my baby 4 months ago.my pregnancy went well with no problems.i recently had blood tests about a month ago and it showed slightly elevated alt everything else was fine.i had a repeat test aftr 2 weeks and its 68 now.previously was 65.i had neg hep b c, nrnal ultrasound and bloods.i am worried about alt.can u guide me.my age is 25 yrs.i dnt drink alcohol.no smoking.my physical exam is nOrmal as well.tell me what to do to low alt and when to repeat test.
Hi XXXXXXX,
Thanks for posting your query.
What was your complete liver function test report?
Do you have yellow discoloration of sclera & urine/ vomiting/ abdominal pain/ fever/ loss of appetite?
Why have you undergone ALT test if you were asymptomatic?
ALT (SGPT) is very specific for liver and...
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Billirubin has always been high. This was one factor in having my gall bladder removed 20 years ago. Last year I had bypass surgery and am taking a number of drugs related to cardio-vascular system. Most recent blood test the only problem was billirubin at 3.6 which is highest ever for me. Could some of my medicines be a cause. I'm due to have another blood test for liver function as follow-up.
Hi XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting your query.
1) Kindly answer the following details:
a) Do you have yellow discoloration of eyes/ urine?
b) Do you have vomiting/ loss of appetite?
c) Do you have abdominal pain/ itching all over the body?
d) Details of Increased bilirubin: direct/ indirect.
e) Value...
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Dear Hepatitis Researcher,

I am writing in hopes that you may be able to help me identify locations where I may be able to obtain a Fibroscan in the U.S.

I am a 45 year-old female Caucasian, and I am not in a position to easily obtain a liver biopsy due to extreme sensitivities to multiple local anesthetics tested, and concerns expressed by my doctors regarding IV sedation/general anesthesia without further testing. They have recommended that a non-invasive procedure would be preferable given my particular medical history.

My ALT and AST levels have been elevated for over 20 years, with no evidence of fatty liver in multiple US or MRIs through the years. My physicians are leaning toward the possibility of lupus, lupoid hepatitis, or autoimmune hepatitis diagnosis. To date, testing has ruled out viral hepatitis, celiac disease, rheumatoid factor, and various other causes for the health issues I am experiencing.

I would like to have Fibroscan testing done to potentially assess the degree of liver damage, and/or confirm or rule out NAFLD/NASH as a possible cause for my positive XXXXXXX and so that I can begin an appropriate course of treatment.

I live in Louisiana, and am able to travel easily anywhere in the U.S. that might have the technology available without the typical requirement for a liver biopsy as required in clinical trials. I greatly appreciate any help you can offer in my search for possible providers.

I have added additional information about my condition(s) as tags to this post. Please do not hesitate to contact me in this forum or via PM if you should require any further information as I am limited to the length of my post.

Thank you for your assistance and best regards.
Hi,
I understand your concern.

A combination of Fibroscan and fibrotest will enable you to quantify the extent of fibrosis of the liver giving the same information as a liver biopsy. This will enable the gastroenterologist to commence further treatment. Another alternative clinical assessment is...
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Hello, regarding hepatitis B, my blood tests show HBsAg Positive [Anti-HBc=Negative; Anti-HAV=9; Anti-HBs<2; Hepatitis C Ab=Negative; TSH=1.49]. My Dr said my liver is functioning fine (from looking at my blood tests) so she said I am NOT accute. Does this mean I'm chronic? If I'm not accute, what else could it be but chronic? I’m hoping it is acute!!! Is HBsAg false positive possible? In 2002, I took 2 of the 3 immunizations for hep B (i did not take 3rd shot). In 2009, my hep b surface ag was negative (<0.10). I am 42 yrs old, and sexually active with a Chinese girlfriend. Blood test show: [bilirubin=9.2; alkp=78; AST=22; ALT=20; albumin=47].You are very kind for answering. Sincerely, XXXXXXX (email: YYYY@YYYY )
Hi,

Thanks for the query.

I understand your concern. I shall try to provide you with good information pertaining to your query.

The protective effect of Hepatitis B Virus vaccine is only effective if the antibody titers are above 10 units. In addition since you took only 2 shots, you may not be...
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