liver biopsy for diagnosis?
Feb 27, 2002
I know that biopsy is used to assess degree of damage to the liver. However, in the event of serologic test negatives for viral hepatitis but sustained raised ALTS and other symptoms, can the liver biopsy be used to actually diagnose viral hepatitis?
Response from Dr. Dieterich
If serologic tests are negative then PCR tests should be used to look for HCV and HBV. If they are negative, liver biopsy can still be useful to diagnose other liver diseases than viral hepatitis like PBC, autoimmune hepatitis, etc. Good luck! DTD
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