Skin and muscle biopsy using image guidance

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A skin and muscle biopsy removes a small piece of skin and muscle tissue. Learn about the procedure and why and how it is done.

Key points

  • A skin biopsy is a procedure to remove a small piece of skin tissue.
  • A muscle biopsy is a procedure where an interventional radiologist uses ultrasound and a special needle to remove small pieces of your child's muscle.
  • Results of the biopsies will be sent to the referring service.
  • You can take off your child's dressing 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Your child will likely go home from the hospital about four hours after the procedure.
Last updated: February 8th 2018