A needle muscle biopsy is a short procedure to remove a small piece of muscle tissue from your child’s thigh using a hollow needle. This page explains about needle muscle biopsy for children with neuromuscular disorders and what to expect when your child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to have this procedure.
Why does my child need a needle muscle biopsy?
Getting ready for the biopsy
What happens before the biopsy?
What does the biopsy involve?
Are there any risks?
What happens afterwards?
- If the biopsy site is still painful more than three days after the biopsy was taken and/or pain relief does not work
- If the biopsy site is red or ‘angry’ looking
- If there is any oozing from the biopsy site
- If your child develops a high temperature
- If your child is not eating or drinking
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.