Does anyone out there know of any who will perform a needle biopsy or "Punch" biopsy? I found out from the renowned Dr. Eric Hoffman that full blown muscle biopsies are not necessary any longer and that all required to gain a good sample is done through the punch biopsy. Dr. Leshner, at Children;s in DC has done nothing more than give us the run around about this procedure. He dais he used to do them all the time when he was on staff at a hospital in Richmond. The best care for our son - Dr, Leshner is way to overworked to even care about our sons. His lack of "getting things done" is extremely compromised and he delivers nothing more than lip service, in our opinions. It's almost like, well your son will die so why rush into anything. My son is now 9 and in perfect health. Continually, he runs, jumps, swims, rides horses and plays all day. Not only that, he is an excellent student in school. According to Dr. Hoffman, boys with DMD do not run at age 9. Our son does. They are about to begin the exon skipping trials and our son will be unable to get on if the biopsy is not done and why do the full blown thing if just a punch is needed? We are so incredibly unhappy with the treatment at Children's in DC. Dr. Leshner is just way too overworked to even give a damn.