What is the role of liver biopsy in the workup of hepatitis C?

Updated: May 10, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Answer

Liver biopsy is generally not used to diagnose hepatitis C virus. However, it is the most accurate method of evaluating the extent of hepatitis C virus–related liver disease. Liver biopsy is recommended for all patients before they start antiviral therapy.


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