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FAQ: What is a biopsy?

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Q: What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a medical procedure. A tiny piece of liver (1/50,000 of the total mass) is removed and examined to find out the extent of damage. It does involve a large needle and local anesthetic, as well as some risk of bleeding. However, biopsy is the best way to find out what is actually going on in your liver. The biopsy results will help your doctor make a treatment plan.