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Preparing for a Liver Biopsy

Consult with your Doctor
At least 1 week before a scheduled liver biopsy, patients should inform Dr. Jones of all medications they are taking. Patients may be asked to temporarily stop taking medications that affect blood clotting or interact with sedatives, which are sometimes given during a liver biopsy.

Medications that may be restricted before and after a liver biopsy include

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • Blood thinners
  • High blood pressure medication
  • Diabetes medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Antibiotics
  • Asthma medications
  • Dietary supplements

Prior to liver biopsy, blood will be drawn to determine its ability to clot. People with severe liver disease often have blood clotting problems that can increase the risk of bleeding after the procedure. A medicine given just before a liver biopsy, called clotting factor concentrates, reduces the risk of bleeding in patients with blood clotting abnormalities.

Mild sedation is sometimes used during liver biopsy to help patients stay relaxed. Patients who will be sedated should not eat or drink for 8 hours before the liver biopsy.

Arrange a Ride
Driving is prohibited for 12 hours after the procedure.