Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension | Diagnosis & Tests

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How will my doctor know if I have cirrhosis?

Your doctor will examine you and may order tests to see how your liver is working. Your doctor may also arrange for a biopsy of your liver. In a biopsy, a very thin needle is put into your liver to take out a small bit of tissue for testing. Your doctor may also use an ultrasound (sound waves used to make a picture) to look at your liver.

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 04/97

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