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Placement of Liver Biopsy Needle

Picture of where a liver biopsy needle is placed between two right lower ribs

A liver biopsy is done using a needle inserted between two of the right lower ribs. The needle removes a small sample of liver tissue. The tissue sample is sent to a lab and looked at under a microscope to see if there are any liver problems.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
Last Revised December 13, 2011

Last Revised: December 13, 2011

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michel M. Murr, MD - General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery

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