What is the role of biopsy in the workup of cholesterol embolism syndrome?

Updated: Oct 25, 2019
  • Author: Lisa Kirkland, MD, FACP, FCCM, MSHA; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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Demonstration of cholesterol crystals in occluded arterioles is the only definitive test for cholesterol embolism. Skin, [12] renal, muscle, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract biopsy may reveal crystal ghosts inside vessels. Often, multiple samples may be necessary to demonstrate the crystals.


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