The pediatric gastroenterology specialists at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and associated organs.
A liver biopsy is a procedure which is performed to obtain a small sample of the liver. It is performed in special circumstances to evaluate jaundice (yellow skin), liver inflammation (hepatitis), abnormal liver function tests or an enlarged liver.
What to Expect
- Your child will not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the procedure.
- Blood work will be obtained before the procedure.
- Your child will receive IV sedation or anesthesia during the procedure.
- After your child is sleeping, a needle is inserted through the skin and into the liver and then quickly removed. This removes a core of liver tissue.
- An ultrasound is used to guide the path of the needle.
- After the procedure, your child will be required to lie quietly for four hours.
- Additional blood work will be obtained before your child can go home. You will return home the same day.
- We will call you when we receive the biopsy results.