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Liver Biopsy: Procedure Reasons and Side Effects


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Comment from: Cobb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I had a liver biopsy about 6 weeks ago. I went in and initially I felt nothing except a little cramping. As soon as the second piece was taken I was in horrible pain. I was given no medication before the procedure. I received one pill at the hospital because I was crying. They didn't send any medicines home with me. I would never do this again without medication before and after.

Comment from: Terry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had a liver biopsy and was in excruciating pain for over a day. I received no medication for the pain. Horrible experience. It's been two weeks and I'm still at about a four with the pain. I had severe aching in my right arm as soon as the biopsy was completed. Hope I never have to go through this again.

Comment from: Stillstanding, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had a liver biopsy three days ago, and the procedure went well. However, a day after the procedure, my shoulder started to ache. The pain became unbearable. I called my oncologist and they couldn't help me, so I am here. Now, the pain is in my lower back and it's excruciating. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this, and, if so, what you did to get relief.

Comment from: Aprilove, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I had a liver biopsy and it ruined my life. I had internal bleeding after being sent home. I lost 3 pints of blood. Almost died. I had to stay a month in hospital. Then I had to go back again because masses formed on liver giving me infection and a blood disease. Ruined my life.

Comment from: Irene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

Having a liver biopsy is horrible! It is pure torture! No sedative or pain medicines were given from when the first needle went in until the biopsy needle came out! Don't have it done without demanding medication proper to insertion of the needles with the so called numbing medicine that does not work for the initial biopsy.


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