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What is the definition or description of: muscle biopsy?

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Dr. Edward Eckert
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See answer details.: A muscle biopsy is a minor surgical procedure used to obtain a sample of skeletal muscle for diagnostic purposes. Once the sample is obtained, the biopsy is submitted to a pathologist for examination and diagnosis. A wide variety of special studies are performed on a muscle biopsy, including electron microscopy. The purpose of the biopsy is to rule in or out a specific diagnosis.
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