What is the role of abdominal fat biopsy in the workup of cardiac amyloidosis?

Updated: Mar 25, 2020
  • Author: Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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Needle aspiration biopsy of the abdominal fat is a simple and commonly performed procedure in the patient suspected of having amyloidosis with a sensitivity of approximately 75%. If positive, it obviates the need for a cardiac biopsy in the right clinical setting. [73]


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