2016-06-16 14:37:33 UTC

Cirrhosis 104: Getting Tested

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Cirrhosis is found by using:

  • Blood tests.
  • Imaging studies (CT scan, MRI or ultrasound).
  • Physical exam.
  • Ultrasound-based transient elastography or MR (magnetic resonance) elastography.
    • Noninvasive.
    • Measures stiffness of the liver.
    • Results can be seen right away.
  • Liver biopsy.
    • Taking a small piece of tissue from the liver to look at under a microscope.
    • Calls for hospitalization for half a day.
    • Local numbing is given and medicine to help you relax, if needed.
Cirrhosis – What to Know:
  • Cirrhosis is when the liver is permanently scarred or injured.
  • Cirrhosis can come from chronic conditions or overuse of alcohol.
  • Cirrhosis can be managed, often with good diet and sometimes medication.


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