Sunday, February 04, 2007

Lack of utility/overuse of muscle biopsy

Filosto M et al. The role of muscle biopsy in investigating isolated muscle pain. Neurology 2007; 68:181-186.
editorial Kissel JT. Muscle biopsy in patients with myalgia. Neurology2007; 68:170-171.

Filosto et al. reviewed clinicals and neuropath on 240 patients presenting with muscle pain isolated or cramping. 80 % had biopsy abnormalities but only 20 %got a specific diagnosis and only 6 % a specific myopathy. Patients with obvious causes eg. statin use were excluded before analysis. CK levels and EMG did not predict pathology. Patients need to go under rigorous selection prior to biopsy.

1 comment:

neurodoc said...

the other important message from this study is only muscle pain is not indication enough for the biopsy.