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A heart biopsy (BY-op-see) is a test to see if there are any abnormalities in the muscle tissue of the heart.
Doctors use a small set of tweezers to take a sample of heart tissue.
Your child's doctor at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC might order a heart biopsy to check for:
The doctor will perform a biopsy during a cardiac catheterization (heart cath).
A heart cath is a minimally invasive technique that allows the doctor to look at the heart from the inside using special catheters and a type of x-ray called fluoroscopy (floor-OS-co-pee).
During your child's heart cath and biopsy, the doctor will:
We will send the tissue sample to the lab for testing. Results of your child's heart biopsy will be ready the next day.
To learn more about heart biopsies at Children's:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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