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What does it mean if a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration report shows hypocellular marrow?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Hypocellular marrow: The normal bone marrow is a mixture of cells and fat. Hypocellular marrow means the marrow has fewer cells in the bone marrow space that is expected for that patient's age. There are many causes for this including nutritional deficiencies, bone marrow failure syndomes, pre-leukemia (myelodysplasia), prior chemotherapy, toxins and medications.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about bone marrow biopsy/aspiration report shows hypocellular marrow?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Talk to doctor: This is a complicated issue to address in this forum. You should discuss it with your doctor and the two of you may wish to involve the pathologist who signed out the bone marrow report.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can any doc tell me what's meant when a bone marrow biopsy/aspiration report shows hypocellular marrow?

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Dr. Lewis Hassell
Pathology 40 years experience
Bone marrow: Bone marrow cellularity refers to how much of the marrow is making blood cells, and how much is fat. As people age, it tends to decline and move more centrally. Severe hypocellularity may indicate aplastic anemia or even leukemia, which needs treatment. Lesser degrees may or may not, depending on other symptoms and lab findings.
Last updated Jun 24, 2018
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