Liver Biopsy

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Liver Biopsy

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.