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A standard liver biopsy takes only five minutes and requires the doctor to insert a fine needle into a small abdominal incision in order to extract a minute sample of liver tissue, explains WebMD. A laparoscopic procedur... More »

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A liver biopsy involves microscope examination of liver tissue for signs of damage or disease in detecting, diagnosing and treating liver conditions. A needle is used to remove a small piece of liver tissue in each of th... More »

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The final stages of liver cirrhosis are referred to as decompensated cirrhosis and involve progressive failure of the liver due to the accumulation of scar tissue, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. ... More »

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