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could you be sedated for a bone marrow biopsy?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes...: There is no reason not to be sedated and comfortable.
Dr. Mark Newman
Anesthesiology 36 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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What is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and what will a skin biopsy tell you?

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

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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

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