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A 33-year-old member asked:

could you explain what is a bone-marrow biopsy used to treat?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
To diagnose not to: Treat. Bone marrow biopsy is a diagnostic process for disorders of blood and sometimes bone and some cancers. It is not a treatment for any disease. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

Are there any medications I should take before a bone marrow biopsy?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Talk to your Doctor: This procedure is under the control of the doctor how perform it.Follow his instruction.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How much bone marrow is typically collected during a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
A few cc;: Say a teaspoon to a tablespoon. You will replace it the same day.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there any disadvantage of having bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology 22 years experience
Small risk: There is always risk involved in any procedure. Some have greater risk than others. Generally speaking, bone marrow biopsies are low risk, but your hematologist would be the best person to assess whether the risk outweighs the potential benefit, which is the real question.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What makes an a bone marrow biopsy abnormal?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Change in components: A bone marrow biopsy in a normal person will find the pattern of cells most often seen in a healthy person of that age.This would include red cells and their precursers (builders), white cells & precursers, platelet precursers & others. In illness, the pattern changes, and some or all may be abnormal. Tumor cells may take over every space& or few if any normal cells may be seen.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

When would a bone marrow biopsy be needed?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
BLOOD DISEASES: Blood diseases like anemia.Leukopenia/leukocytosis, low/high platelet count staging of cancer are common conditions needing bone marrow biopsy.

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