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Muscle Nerve. 2002 Oct;26(4):546-8.

Biopsy sampling requirements for the estimation of muscle capillarization.

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Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies, University of Manitoba, 207 Max Bell Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada.


The aim of this study was to determine the number of tibialis anterior biopsy samples and muscle fibers required to estimate the capillary supply of individual muscle fibers (C:F(i)). C:F(i) was calculated for 25 type 1 fibers in each of 8 images from 3 biopsies of 5 young healthy individuals. Sequential estimation analysis indicated that 50 fibers from one biopsy are sufficient to characterize the C:F(i) of the tibialis anterior for a group of subjects. Thus, when analyzing the capillarization of the tibialis anterior, the requirements of only one biopsy sample and 50 fibers means a great reduction in time for analysis and in the invasiveness of the procedure.

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