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Somewhat Primitive Liver
Long time no see. I visited FlakeHQ
and came across your liver biopsy article and I thought you might
appreciate a different type of liver biopsy story that was posted on the
psoriasis newsgroup in 1998:
Hope all is well.
Regards, -Ed R.
This is priceless, Ed. I’m
not saying a word to detract from the pleasure of reading it — other
than strongly urging all FlakeHQ’ers to click on the link and
read this post.
Liver biopsies are common
diagnostic procedures for flakers who take Methotrexate for an extended
period of time (usually after accumulated doses of about 1.5 grams, or
1,500 milligrams which, at 20 mgs per week, would take about a year and a
half). Methotrexate (a.k.a.
MTX) is known to cause liver function to degrade, which is why blood
work-ups are performed regularly and the biopsies are prescribed every so
often. Exactly what they learn
from a biopsy that they don’t learn from a blood work-up is beyond my
knowledge (however, I am told that certain blood tests are likely to
negate the necessity for liver biopsies in the near future).
Fortunately, the usual kind of liver damage caused by MTX is
reversible if one simply stops taking the drug.
For those flakers who find MTX the best medicine, this is not much
consolation. Hence we endure
the outpatient ‘surgery’ associated with the biopsy procedure in hopes
that we can continue taking the medicine that works for us.
Ed R., in this post, is referring to my liver biopsy write-up, which you can read by going to the Articles page from the navigation bar at the top of this one. -Ed