Liver biopsies are usually needle core biopsies. The most common reasons for a biopsy include monitoring disease progression in hepatitis, evaluating a transplanted patient for rejection or graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), and occasionally ruling out an additional disease process. Liver biopsies may also be done to diagnose a radiographic mass. At many institutions, all liver biopsy specimens are stained with trichrome (to evaluate fibrosis) or with an iron stain (to reveal abnormal iron in the tissue).
KeywordsBile Duct Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Biliary Atresia Bile Duct Injury
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