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hello doctors, what does a myocardial biopsy detect?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: This procedure was initiated to diagnose rejection in heart transplant patients. See this site for a list of other indications of endomyocardial biopsy. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003873.htm.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What does a myocardial biopsy detect? It sounds dangerous.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Muscle disease: There are a variety of illnesses, some very treatable and some not, which are accurately diagnosed only by taking a snippet the size of a hangnail from the inside of the right atrium of your heart, via a vein. It sounds scary but it's often the key either to greatly improved health, or the knowledge you need to plan your future, as is your right. If offered, i'd not hesitate a moment.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What conditions does a myocardial biopsy detect?

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Dr. Marilda Chung
Pathology 36 years experience
Myocardial biopsies: Myocardial biopsies can be used to diagnose a number of things microscopically, including transplant rejection (in patients with heart transplant), inflammation (myocarditis), drug toxicity, and causes of hypertrophic or restrictive cardiomyopathy (for example, amyloid,hemochromatosis, sarcoid or other more rare conditions). Neoplasms (benign or cancer) can also be diagnosed.

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