What is Muscle Biopsy?

Category: Procedures


A biopsy needle is usually inserted into a muscle, wherein a small amount of tissue remains. Alternatively, an "open biopsy" can be performed by obtaining the muscle tissue through a small surgical incision. A muscle biopsy is used for problems with a nerve, vascular or musculoskeletal systems.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diagnostic assessment 2 0
Muscle and joint pain 2 1
Mitochondrial disease 1 0
Participate in clinical trial 1 0
Polymyositis 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Muscle Biopsy

Side effect Patients
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 0
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Muscle Biopsy

Aug 28, 2012 (Started Aug 28, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: One time

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