A 43-year-old member asked:
is a bone marrow biopsy better than a chromosome analysis to diagnose blood cancer?
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Dr. Brandon Smithey answered
Specializes in Pathology
Yes: Usually, when a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate is done, additional material is collected for special testing, such as flow cytometry and chromosome analysis. While the most important information is obtained by microscopically examining the cells in the bone marrow, the results of those special studies can help the pathologist more specifically diagnose the cancer, if one is present.
Answered on Jan 23, 2016
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