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How is liver failure diagnosed?
When diagnosing liver disease, your child’s physician looks at your child’s symptoms and conducts a physical examination. In addition, the physician may request a combination of the following tests:
Abdominal ultrasound (also called sonography)
Ultrasounds are used to view your child’s liver as it functions to and assess blood flow through various vessels
A procedure that takes a small tissue sample for examination.
Computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
A diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called “slices”), both horizontally and vertically, of your child’s liver.
A CT scan shows a detailed image of your child’s liver. CT scans are more detailed than general x-rays.
Your child will lie on a bed that moves into a doughnut shaped machine that takes many pictures of different areas of the body.
Because the machine is noisy, and because your child may need to lie still for a while with his arms over his head, a sedative might be given to help your child rest during the procedure.
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