Liver biopsy: Removing tissue for examination under a microscope by fine needle aspiration using endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), which involves using an endoscope, a lighted, flexible tube about the thickness of a finger, to examine the liver and create detailed pictures using ultrasound imaging.
An endoscopy procedure involves inserting a long, flexible tube (endoscope) down the throat and into the esophagus. A tiny camera on the end of the endoscope lets the doctor examine the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine (duodenum) .
A liver biopsy is one of the most accurate ways the gastroenterologist can diagnose NAFLD. This procedure involves extracting a sample of liver tissue via a needle inserted into the liver. A very simple tool knowns as a FibroScan® helps your gastroenterologist diagnose NAFLD.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, or ERCP, is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas . It combines X-ray and the use of an endoscope—a long, flexible, lighted tube.
Upper GI endoscopy can be used to identify many different diseases:
- gastroesophageal reflux disease.
- cancer link.
- inflammation, or swelling.
- precancerous abnormalities such as Barrett's esophagus.
- celiac disease.
- strictures or narrowing of the esophagus.
From the small intestine, endoscopic ultrasound can also be used to look at the pancreas, gallbladder, or bile ducts . For this test, an endoscope is fitted with a small ultrasound probe on its ti
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
This is a procedure that helps diagnose and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas . It uses X-rays and a long, flexible, lighted tube (endoscope). The scope is put into your mouth and throat.
Doctors use endoscopy for a close-up view of the upper digestive tract—the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small intestine . Doctors use upper GI endoscopy—also known as esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)—to diagnose a range of diseases and conditions.
The newest method is endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-guided liver biopsy . With this approach, an echoendoscope is used by an endosonographer to localize the liver. The needle can then be followed in real time as it obtains liver tissue.
An ultrasound, CT scan and MRI can show liver damage. Checking a tissue sample. Removing a tissue sample (biopsy) from your liver may help diagnose liver disease and look for signs of liver damage.