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Percutaneous Liver Biopsy


Percutaneous liver biopsy is a procedure to remove a small tissue sample from your liver. A healthcare provider will insert a needle through your skin in the upper right part of your abdomen. Samples will be sent to a lab for be tested to find the cause of or to help monitor your liver condition.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Have someone stay overnight with you after your procedure.
  • Stay within 30 minutes of the hospital the first night after your biopsy.
  • Rest in bed the day of your biopsy.
  • Do not drive the day of your biopsy.
  • Do not exercise or lift heavy things for at least 48 hours after your biopsy. Ask when you can return to your normal activities.

Wound care:

You may be able to remove your bandage the night of your biopsy. Ask for information about how to care for your wound.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You feel more tired than normal.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You feel lightheaded, weak, or dizzy.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • You have increasing pain in your abdomen, chest, or right shoulder.
  • You vomit blood, or see blood in your bowel movement.
  • You suddenly have trouble breathing.
  • Your abdomen becomes swollen.
  • Your heart beats faster than what is normal for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.