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Nerve biopsy

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nerve biopsy --> biopsy, nerve

(Science: investigation, procedure, surgery) A procedure which involves the removal of a small specimen of nerve tissue for microscopic analysis.

The ankle or wrist are the most common sites used for nerve biopsy. Conditions such as amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, metabolic polyneuropathy, leprosy, demyelination, alcoholic neuropathy, charcot-Marie-tooth disease, peroneal nerve dysfunction, mononeuritis multiplex and other polyneuropathies may be detected using this study.