Have you had an ultrasound scan done? Do you have a family history of cirrhosis or liver cancer? What about your ALT levels? Getting a biopsy done without knowing these is a bit premature. If fibroscan is available in your country, maybe a biopsy can be avoided completely.
it depends, liver biopsy is not needed to check liver damage anymore, in this case the doctor just ordered that because your area is not updated with firboscans, they exist from 2005....although machine is expensive it must be in the hospital
biopsy is needed to check cccdna and virus antigenes in the liver or some cases or strange mutated hbv with antigens not detactable in the blood
Thanks so much for your response. I did have an ultrasound on my liver and the result was "no mass found" and I have no family history of cirrhosis or liver cancer. I don't see ATL on my blood test report, but there is something called "Immunology Alpha Petoprotein" and the number is 2.83ng/mL. I couldn't decide whether or not I should wait 6 months or so to have a blood test again and see what the results at that time are compare to current. I'm worried that the liver biopsy is way too invasive for my case. I'll ask about the fibroscan. Could you help me understand when a liver biopsy is needed?
a liver biopsy is needed?
pratically nothing for most cases of hbv and to save the expense of a fibbroscan to the hospital since for the hospital a doctor which takes a piece of your liver by a needle costs about nothing
fibroscan is expensive so you have to find a good hospital which has that
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.