A liver biopsy removes a small amount of liver tissue by passing a needle through the abdominal muscles. The tissue is then examined with a microscope in order to identify the presence of abnormal cell. A liver biopsy will be done especially if the cause of liver disease, jaundice, or an enlarged liver cannot be determined; in people with liver cancer or metastases from other location is suspected to identify the primary cancer and to help in staging the cancer.
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