Liver Biopsy

The removal of a sample of liver tissue by a needle.


  1. You may be placed on a special diet.
  2. Return to normal activity as tolerated.  DO NOT lift more than 20 pounds for three (3) days or participate in strenuous activity (aerobic dancing, jogging, cutting wood).
  3. Shower or tub bath allowed.

Contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Pain not relieved by medicine ordered by doctor.
  4. Bleeding or drainage from puncture site that saturates more than one band-aid/dressing.
  5. An increase in redness and swelling at puncture site if more than when discharged from hospital. 
  6. Shortness of breath within 24 hours.
  7. Cool, moist skin or pale color skin.
  8. Weakness or fainting, not relieved by rest.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.