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Somewhat Primitive Liver Biopsy
from Ed R.

Hi Ed:  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:

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=Liver+Biopsy+A+Piece+of+Cake&hl=en&selm=34f16131.6413836%40news.demon.co.uk&rnum=1

Hope all is well.  Regards, -Ed R.

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Ed’s Response:  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

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