What is the role of liver biopsy in the workup of hepatitis C (hep C) infection?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Answer

Liver biopsy is not mandatory before treatment but may be helpful. Some restrict it to the following situations:

  • The diagnosis is uncertain.

  • Other coinfections or disease may be present.

  • The patient has normal liver enzyme levels and no extrahepatic manifestations.

  • The patient is immunocompromised.

See Workup for more detail.


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