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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....
By Dr. A. Minocha, author of "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"
a Myth or a Fact?
"The procedure to localize the site for biopsy of liver is standard..........."
Liver biopsy, like any other procedure, is prone to complications and rarely even death. The needle has to be inserted into the liver through the chest wall. Thus it is important to be sure that it is really the liver underneath the chest wall where needle is being inserted. If wrong, the big needle may be going some where it is not supposed to, e.g. lungs. Many physicians can discern the location of the liver by tapping on the chest wall. The part of the chest overlying lungs sounds hollow because of air in the lungs. The chest wall overlying the liver sounds dull because the underlying liver is a solid structure. Some physicians are not comfortable with the tapping method and have the liver localized by the ultrasound. Still others use fluoroscopy (x rays) to help them with the localization procedure.
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