July 2nd, 2014 | As a parent, you worry when your child has a fever, especially if it occurs late at night. When fevers come on, you might ask yourself, should we go to the emergency room or should we wait to see the doctor? While there are no hard and fast rules, the guidelines below may help you decide what kind of medical care to seek… 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.