The liver is the largest organ in the body and is located in the top right hand side of the abdomen. It makes proteins that travel around in the blood, and also breaks down waste products so they can be passed out in urine (wee) or faeces (poo). This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what happens when your child has a liver biopsy.
Why does my child need this procedure?
What happens before the biopsy?
What does the biopsy involve?
Percutaneous liver biopsy
Transjugular liver biopsy
Are there any risks involved?
What happens after the biopsy?
- If the biopsy site is still painful after more than three days after the biopsy was taken and normal pain relief does not work
- If the biopsy site is red or ‘angry’-looking
- If your child develops a high temperature, and is not eating
When will we hear the results of the biopsy?
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.