August 23rd, 2013 | It’s a common childhood complaint: stomach ache. As a parent, it can be frustrating to know whether it’s just part of growing up, or if it’s a more serious disease or issue with abdominal organs. So when should you call the doctor about your child’s stomach ache? Here’s what you need to know about possible causes… Continue Reading
A biopsy (tissue sample) is used to diagnose or monitor certain gastrointestinal problems. Common gastrointestinal biopsies are:
Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
A liver biopsy will allow the physician to examine a small piece of liver tissue for injury or damage to the organ. A few days before the procedure, the patient will need to have blood tests. The test is done under anesthesia using a thin biopsy needle. The child is observed for several hours or overnight after the procedure.
Rectal Suction Biopsy
This procedure can be done in clinic and does not require sedation. A small instrument inserted into the rectum takes a small painless biopsy (tissue sample).
Rectal Punch Biopsy
This procedure is done under anesthesia and obtains a larger rectal biopsy (tissue sample).
Diseases or Conditions
The following diseases or conditions may require one or more forms of biopsy.