Pathology in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease: A Practical Approach to Liver Biopsy Interpretation in Patients with Acute and Chronic Liver Diseases

Audrey Deeken-Draisey, Sambasiva M. Rao, Guang Yu Yang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Liver biopsy and histologic examination are the mainstay for diagnosing liver diseases, despite advances in imaging and molecular procedures. Liver biopsy can provide useful information regarding the structural integrity and type and degree of injury, disease activity, response to treatment, progression of disease and degree/staging of fibrosis. Liver biopsies evaluate acute and chronic liver diseases, and mass-forming lesions. The role of the pathologist is to integrate clinical, serologic, and biochemical data with morphologic changes and provide a comprehensive diagnosis. This review focuses on basic principles necessary for proper interpretation of liver biopsy specimens in patients with chronic liver disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-372
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in liver disease
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Acute liver disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Liver biopsy
  • Pathology
  • Staging
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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