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Liver Biopsy?
Sep 28, 2003
Hello all,
First of all...I have not been diagnosed with Hepatitis (altough the Docs are continuing to test me for B and C thinking that the antibodies are just not showing up yet). But I know that I will probably find my answers to my questions here.

I am a 24 year old female. I have had elevated liver enzymes since at least mid-July. The numbers have ranged from 350-800, and the ratio of AST to ALT has been ~ 1:1. My Bili and alk phos were also elevated, but have both returned to normal. I have had numerous tests run (Hep panel, CTscan, Ultrasound, lots of bloodwork). However, the Docs cannot figure out what is going on with me. On Friday my AST and ALT were both well over 600. The GI specialist has determined I need a liver biopsy done to determine the cause of the elevated enzymes. I have a biopsy scheduled for this Wed Oct 1st.

Is it to early to consider a biopsy?
What can I expect from the biopsy?
Will I be in a lot of pain?
Will I need to take time off of work?
Will I scar?
Will they need to use stitches to close up the point of entry?

Any information on what I can expect will be helpful.

Thank you for your expertise!
~Moni





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