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Old 09-26-2008, 08:57 AM   #1
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what will muscle biopsy tell me?

Hi all,
Anyone had a muscle biopsy with a needle? I'm just wondering what it will tell me. Will it confirm what I have? Still haven't an appointment. Did anyone do physio therapy for this? Did it help? Just wondering what if anything can be done. Neurologist did say we would discuss treatment after biopsy. I took that to mean Physio. Wish I were more informed.

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Old 04-18-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Re: what will muscle biopsy tell me?

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Hi all,
Anyone had a muscle biopsy with a needle? I'm just wondering what it will tell me. Will it confirm what I have? Still haven't an appointment. Did anyone do physio therapy for this? Did it help? Just wondering what if anything can be done. Neurologist did say we would discuss treatment after biopsy. I took that to mean Physio. Wish I were more informed.
Yes I did a muscle biopsy done and it did tell me what type of dm I have. If anyone on here has dm1 reply to my message.

 
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:58 PM   #3
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Re: what will muscle biopsy tell me?

I have had a needle biopsy. In the procedure, the doctor numbs your muscle, in my case my thigh, with Novocain or something similar. He then inserts a large hollow needle into the muscle to extract a tiny piece of muscle about the size of a pencil eraser. Usually he will take 3 or 4 samples.

Several tests can be done on the samples. Microscopy: this is where they look at your muscle through a microscope. They can immediately see if the tissue is normal (the muscle cells will look pink and round and healthy) or abnormal (shriveled or broken or tiny). This would indicate a muscle disease. (This was my case). In another test called muscle staining they place drops of different chemicals on tiny pieces of the sample. If it turns a certain color that means you have a certain muscle disease.

Let me say however that there are many many expensive stain tests. They will only test for a few that they might suspect. It would cost tens of thousands to test for everything. And they only have tests for about 1/3 of all know MDs. The test results may all be negative (again, my case). Often the patient lucks out and gets a definitive diagnosis.

The procedure will leave you with a sore muscle for several days like a bad bruise. I felt like I'd been kicked by a donkey but during the procedure you should not feel too much discomfort.

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