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Dr. Atilano Lacson
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Muscle Biopsy (Overview)

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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Is muscle biopsy dangerous?

Is muscle biopsy dangerous?

Muscle biopsy: Not at all, it is not dangerous. ...Read more

Dr. Atilano Lacson
46 doctors shared insights

Muscle Biopsy (Overview)

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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What does muscle biopsy show?

What does muscle biopsy show?

Muscle Biopsy: Muscle biopsy is done for diagnosis of 1diseases of connective tissue and blood vessels2infections that effect the muscles, like trichinosis andtoxoplasmosis3muscle disorders like muscular dystrophy or congenital myopathy4metabolic defects5and diseases of nerves. By examining the tissue we examine we are able to diagnose and treat properly these conditions. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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What is a muscle biopsy all about?

What is a muscle biopsy all about?

Muscle Biopsy: Sample of tissue to make a diagnosis of muscle related disease. ...Read more

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Is a muscle biopsy worth going through?

Is a muscle biopsy worth going through?

Muscle biopsy: If it is the only way to make or confirm the diagnosis, it is definitely worth it. ...Read more

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How much muscle is removed in a muscle biopsy?

Less than the : Thickness of a pencil and less than one inch long. This would be the maximum amount removed. For some diagnses, a needle biopsy may be sufficient. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why would a muscle biopsy be done?

Long list: Please see this site for a list of indications for muscle biopsy. Some are primary muscle disorders, and some neuromuscular diseases. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003924.htm. ...Read more

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How do you decide where to take the muscle biopsy from?

How do you decide where to take the muscle biopsy from?

Muscle biopsy: Most random muscle biopsies are done in easily accessible, large muscle groups. Generally the lateral thigh or calf. ...Read more

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Can muscle biopsy be dangerous? What are complications?

No, but why do you: Need muscle biopsy? The need for muscle biopsy is not routine. The biopsy process is not dangerous. The complications may include, bleeding at the site, infection and hypertrophic scar. Do not let the risk of these complications keep you from getting the biopsy as complications are uncommon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: muscle biopsy?

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. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been advised muscle biopsy is it helpful?

Muscle biopsy: Speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as any alternative procedures, and make the best informed decision that you can. ...Read more

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Why does it take months to get the results on a muscle biopsy?

Why does it take  months to get the results on a muscle biopsy?

Muscle biopsy: Muscle biopsies are more complicated than many other types of biopsies. they are processsed in a special way, with many stains that are specific to muscle disease. electron microscopic evaluation will usually be done, which is highly complex and not often done on other types of more routine biopsies. Only specialized labs can do these tests, and it does take longer (but weeks, not months) ...Read more

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Emg vs muscle biopsy?

Emg vs muscle biopsy?

See different things: Both tests are useful, but they serve different purposes. Emg is a functional test that allows for the assessment of muscle irritability, as well as signs of nerve damage. It is fast, minimally invasive, and can be performed on multiple muscles in a single session. Biopsy is an anatomical test that is more invasive, but provides a deeper look at muscle structure. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does a muscle biopsy show?

Depends: There are multiple indications for muscle biopsy and the results depend on the pathologic process. It may be inflammation, degeneration, dystrophy, nerve damage and occasionally parasites. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003924.htm. ...Read more

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Are there long term effects of a muscle biopsy?

Are there long term effects of a muscle biopsy?

Muscle biopsy: There are no long term effects of muscle biopsy, it is a minor surgical procedure and healing is usually without any events.Like any surgical procedure there is risk of infection and some bleeding after the procedure, but no long term sequle. ...Read more

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What do you learn if you have had a muscle biopsy?

Muscle Biopsy: Muscle biopsy is done for diagnosis of 1diseases of connective tissue and blood vessels2infections that effect the muscles, like trichinosis andtoxoplasmosis3muscle disorders like muscular dystrophy or congenital myopathy4metabolic defects5and diseases of nerves. By examining the tissue we examine we are able to diagnose and treat properly these conditions. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are there any long term effects of a muscle biopsy?

Not of biopsy per se: Biopsy site will heal in at most a few weeks. However, why the biopsy was done and what the results may be are more serious issues that you should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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If you have walking phenomena why would the doctors do a muscle biopsy?

If you have walking phenomena why would the doctors do a muscle biopsy?

Not sure what: A walking phenomena is but a muscle biopsy is done so that the doctors can look at the muscles under the microscope and see what the cells look like to see if they are normal or what might be wrong with them so a treatment plan for your problem can be made that is just right. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. Mark Pack
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more