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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Middle. Generally we don't want a muscle that's too far gone, or one not really affected. We try to choose one in the middle. And not too visible. Often we use a thigh muscle or triceps, if either fits the bill. Btw, proper handling of the specimen is important (freezing technique) so make sure the clinic does this regularly. Also, a general pathologist is rarely qualified. Send to subspecialist. Read more...
Muscle biopsy. Most random muscle biopsies are done in easily accessible, large muscle groups. Generally the lateral thigh or calf. Read more...

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...

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...