What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of spinal cord infarction?

Updated: Jul 26, 2018
  • Author: Thomas F Scott, MD; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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CT-guided biopsy or culture may be diagnostic in some of the diagnostic differential pathologies. It is not indicated for the diagnosis of most spinal ischemia.

Surgical biopsy sometimes is indicated for diagnosis of differential possibilities including neoplasm, meningeal tumor or sarcoidosis, granuloma, and focal indolent infections.

Temporal artery biopsy can confirm the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis that can underlay spinal cord infarction.


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