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Liver Biopsy in Spain

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Spain performing Liver Biopsy.
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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Hospital Clínic Costa Brava

Hospital Clínic Costa Brava is a modern medical facility with over 250 medical specialists, offering medical, surgical, aesthetic, cosmetic and rehabilitation treatments in the relaxing tourism town of Palamos, Costa Brava.

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Hospital General de Catalunya

idcsalud Hospital General de Catalunya provides medical services in over 25 specialties, being one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in Europe, with an excellent medical care capacity to carry out complex surgeries and medical conditions.

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Nisa Pardo de Aravaca Hospital

A modern (opened in 2007), general, private hospital located in Madrid, part of the NISA group of hospitals. The international patients department can assist patients with accomodation and trasportation, and can communicate in English as well as in Spanish.

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Our hospital’s Gastroenterology Unit is specialized in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disorders and swallowing disorders (oral motor dysphagia) and in the performance of minimally invasive techniques.

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About Liver Biopsy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Liver Biopsy?
Liver biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples from the liver are removed and sent for examination and analysis to a laboratory. It is used to diagnose various diseases in the liver. A liver biopsy is also performed to diagnose the cause of liver abnormalities detected in an ultrasound or a CT scan. Additionally, a liver biopsy is done to examine the effectiveness of a therapy that you may be receiving for a liver disease.

What are the different methods of Liver Biopsy?
The different methods of liver biopsy are discussed below:

  • Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
    In a percutaneous liver biopsy, a needle is inserted through the skin into the liver where a tissue sample from the liver is removed for examination. To establish the area of the liver, the doctor taps on the skin over the liver and listens to the sound. This is done to find a dull area over the liver. In this procedure the patient’s cooperation is highly critical.
  • Percutaneous Image-Guided Liver Biopsy
    A percutaneous image-guided liver biopsy is performed by inserting a needle into the liver. In this procedure, the needle is viewed and guided by images produced by a CT scan or ultrasound.
  • Laparoscopic Liver Biopsy
    In a laparoscopic liver biopsy, several incisions are made in the abdomen from where a laparoscope and other instruments are inserted to perform the biopsy. The laparoscope consists of an endoscopic flexible tube with a camera that enables the visualization of the liver on a monitor for viewing. A laparoscopic liver biopsy may be done entirely to extract tissue samples or it may be done as a part of another abdominal surgery.
  • Open Surgical Liver Biopsy
    An open surgical liver biopsy is rarely done for the sole purpose of a liver biopsy. It may be done if the liver biopsy is a part of another abdominal surgery.
  • Transvenous Biopsy
    A transvenous biopsy is performed if patients have fluids in the abdomen or blood-clotting problems. During the procedure, a catheter tube is inserted into a vein in the neck which is guided into the liver. The catheter holds a biopsy needle which obtains the tissue sample from the liver.

How to prepare for a liver biopsy?
  • Before the procedure you should inform the doctor about your health conditions and concerns such as:
    • Allergies to certain drugs
    • Medications that you may be taking
    • Bleeding problems
    • Pregnancy
    • Heart or lung disease
  • You may be required to stop certain medication a week before the procedure if it is advised by your doctor.
  • You may be required to take a small dose of sedative before the procedure.

Duration of procedure/surgery : Non-surgical liver biopsy takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Days admitted : Non-surgical liver biopsy liver biopsy is done on an outpatient basis.

Anesthesia : Local anesthesia is used for the non-surgical biopsy.

Recovery : - After the procedure you need to stay in the recovery room for 4 hours under observation. - You may feel some discomfort and pain in your shoulders and back. A pain medication for this may be prescribed to you. - It may take several days for your biopsy results to come out, after which your doctor will discuss it with you.

Risks : Risks involved in the procedure include: - Internal bleeding - Injury to other organs like the gallbladder or kidney - Collapsed lung - Sedation complications

After care : - Patients who have had a sedative should not drive, operate machines, or consume alcohol for 24 hours after the procedure. - The doctor’s instructions should be followed carefully. - Some medication should be avoided for a week after the procedure. - You should refrain from vigorous physical activity for a minimum of 24 hours following the biopsy. Contact the doctor immediately if you have the following symptoms within 72 hours after the liver biopsy: - Fever - Dizziness - Pain in the abdominal region where the liver biopsy was performed - Chest pain - Shoulder pain - Abdominal pain - Breathing difficulty - Chills

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