Medical liver biopsy: background, indications, procedure and histopathology

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Histological analysis of liver tissue continues to play an important role in modern hepatological practice. This review explores the indications for medical liver biopsy in addition to the procedure itself, potential complications, preparation of tissue and routine staining. A broad selection of histological images is included to illustrate the appearance of liver tissue both in health and in several important diseases.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-47
Number of pages8
JournalFrontline Gastroenterology
Issue number1
Early online date2 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020


  • histopathology, liver, liver biopsy

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