A new method for liver biopsies is making a big difference for some patients.
difference for some patients..
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LOCAL 3'S CHELLY BOUTOTT HAS
MORE.
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HAVE YOU EVER HAD A LIVER
BIOPSY? NOW, THERE'S ANOTHER
OPTION THAT'S MORE ACCURATE
… AND MUCH LESS PAINFUL!
ZACHARY ROSS COULDN'T IGNORE
SOME SYMPTOMS THAT WERE BAD
AND GETTING WORSE.Zachary
Ross: "I was in a lot of pain
and uncomfortability in my
abdomen." A LIVER BIOPSY WAS
NEEDED. BUT FINDING ONE THAT
COULD DELIVER AN ACCURATE
DIAGNOSIS WASN'T EASY. HIS
FIRST TEST TOOK A SAMPLE FROM
ONLY ONE LIVER LOBE. Ann M.
Chen, MD, Gastroenterologist,
Santa Clara Valley Medical
Center: "It's taking a pretty
big long needle, going through
the skin and into the liver to
get a piece of the tissue."
Zachary Ross: "You can watch
it and see it actually going
into your abdomen to sit there
and remove a chunk for this
biopsy." Ann M. Chen, MD: "All
that was obtained were fibrin,
little pieces of clot."
ZACHARY'S DOCTORS THEN TRIED A
NEW APPROACH CALLED AN
ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND LIVER
BIOPSY. Ann M. Chen, MD: "So,
we can target a needle biopsy
very nicely directly into the
liver and thereby minimizing
potential risks of perforation
or bleeding." LONGER TISSUE
SAMPLES ARE TAKEN FROM BOTH
LOBES OF THE LIVER, INCREASING
THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN ACCURATE
DIAGNOSIS TO 90 PERCENT.Ann M.
Chen, MD, "We were able to
find a cause for his liver
disease and help him avoid
toxins that were affecting his
liver." Zachary Ross, "I was
real happy that this one
actually got results." AND
JUST AS IMPORTANT Zachary
Ross, "Didn't feel a thing." "
((CHELLY))SANTA CLARA VALLEY
MEDICAL, WHERE ZACHARY HAD HIS
PROCEDURE, IS ONE OF TEN
LOCATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY
THAT PERFORMS THE ENDOSCOPIC
ULTRASOUND LIVER BIOPSY. THE
CLOSESET TO OUR AREA IS
CHICAGO.BUT THAT NUMBER IS
EXPECTED TO INCREASE AS MORE
DOCTORS LEARN THE TECHNOLOGY.
AND THAT'S YOUR
HEALTHWATCH, I'M CHELLY
BOUTOTT LOCAL THREE NEWS.

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