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A 42-year-old female asked:

What is the muscle staining process to diagnose muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 23 years experience
Biopsy; NADH: The 1st step is to obtain a muscle biopsy from (usually) a large muscle fiber (quads, thigh, foreleg) but it can vary depending on symptoms. Then the biopsy is stained with contrast for diagnosis (to differentiate the muscle from fat & other tissue). NADH & acid phosphatase stains are usually used but others are possible (Sudan, etc). Diagnosis depends on the pattern of what the microscope shows.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can muscular dystrophy be only in one muscle?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 60 years experience
Called atrophy: Dystrophy is a term reserved for a form of muscle disease (dys= problem with, trophy=growth) localised loss of muscle balk is called atrophy and is usually related to disuse or lower motor neuron problems.
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