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Why would you get a liver biopsy with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

A liver biopsy may be recommended if you have abnormal liver blood work, have symptoms that are suspicious for liver disease, or have abnormal liver imaging tests such as an abnormal abdominal ultrasound. The liver biopsy can be performed during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy because the liver and the gallbladder are located near each other. During this procedure, a small piece of liver tissue is taken out through a thin tube inserted into the abdomen. This piece of liver sample is sent to the pathology lab and analyzed microscopically to assess for any abnormalities and give a diagnosis for your symptoms. Liver problems that can be discovered include liver tumors, hepatitis, fatty liver, inflammation, or infection. The results of the liver biopsy help your physician to treat the condition. For more information, see

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