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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 2

Re: Are liver biopsies safe?

Posted By: Janet
Date: January-19, 1998 at 17:10:35

In Response To: Re: Are liver biopsies safe? (Birdie)

I'd pay attention to the previous posts, and I want to share my experience with a liver biopsy. I started with toxic hepatitis from really minor amounts of tylenol and alcohol. I avoided hospitalization by use of milk thistle, but I had pain. I then had a CT scan which was clear, an upper GI which showed a little acid reflux, and then a liver biopsy to see if I had a fatty liver, which I did not.

Nothing was said about the acid reflux. My pain didn't go away and I endured it for about a year, because I didn't want to know what else they had up their sleeves. I finally went back to the same primary care physician and she said, and I quote, "You should be treated for acid reflux." !! Where was she before the liver biopsy? Should have gotten a second opinion.

As far as the biopsy itself, I had a first rate specialist at a first rate hospital, and it was relatively easy. There is no pain, only a creepy feeling of pressure when they break through the chest wall, which they did only once with me. I took the offered sedative which made the procedure easier, but I slept for three days afterwards. Probably not so good for my poor liver.

Good luck,

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