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A 40-year-old member asked:

Could you be sedated for a bone marrow biopsy?

2 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes...: There is no reason not to be sedated and comfortable.
Dr. Mark Newman
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Bone marrow biopsy: Most certainly sedation is a possibility during a bone marrow biopsy. Although the procedure is very short, it can be painful. Short acting sedation, given by a properly trained and licensed anesthesiologist or other practitioner is very safe and routine.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to be completely sedated for a bone marrow biopsy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alexander Bankov
Anesthesiology 38 years experience
Yes, if anesthesia: is provided by qualified/ dedicated personell. For many hospitals it means anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetists and it will depend on the scheduling, availability and logistics. For pediatric patients it should be the norm though
A 33-year-old member asked:

Are bone marrow biopsies accurate?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Very good: In most cases it is very accurate.
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
As long as good samples are obtained the accuracy is excellent
Nov 24, 2013
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there any disadvantage of having bone marrow biopsy?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology 23 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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

When would a bone marrow biopsy be needed?

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Dr. Satinder Aggarwal
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
BLOOD DISEASES: Blood diseases like anemia.Leukopenia/leukocytosis, low/high platelet count staging of cancer are common conditions needing bone marrow biopsy.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What amount is a bone marrow biopsy?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Bone marrow biopsy?: I am not clear what you are asking--do you want to know how much bone marrow is removed during a bone marrow biopsy? Generally, 5-15 cc's of marrow is removed during a bone marrow aspiration and then a 2-3 cm small piece of the bone marrow is removed for the biopsy. If you were trying to get other information please add a more detailed question.

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