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Could A Bone Marrow Biopsy Cause Me Problems Later In Life
A bone marrow biopsy is taken from the pelvic bone. A coring needle is advanced into the bone, which allows one to extract a sliver of the bone marrow, the red part of the bone. It is cut and viewed under a microscope. A bone marrow aspirate, obtained with a syringe, is usually bone at the same time. These are done to diagnose blood problems or to check for tumors in ...Read more
My MRI showed some infection in my hip and leg joint. Doctor wants to order a bone biopsy. Can this infection be a sign of cancer?
Not likely but?: The answer depends in some part on your history. If you have no history of cancer, and the imaging suggests an infection, at your age you are unlikely to end up with an unexpected diagnosis of cancer. If you have a history of cancer, perhaps the presence of an infection in the affected bones and joint is due to an underlying cancer, prior biopsy, or depressed immune system. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
Can having bone marrow biopsies and a bone marrow harvest in hip/pelvis possibly cause arthritis...? Been 20 years now.. Have mild to severe pain...
Need help docs! my bone marrow biopsy showed 25% increased ring sideroblasts. Is that a high amount and is that a bad sign that i'm in bone marrow failure?
This is serious: This may be nothing more than a clone of cells that needs extra b6, or your being sensitive to some emdication your are taken, or it may be much more serious. This is a determination that your hematologist must make. You have a right to full disclosure about your health. ...Read more
See below...: Myelodysplastic syndrome (mds) is a form of bone marrow cancer that is generally less aggressive than leukemia but still malignant. Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (rars) is a form of mds that is generally low grade. In mds the bone marrow generally has high cellularity whereas in bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia, aa) it has low cellularity. Aa is usually not clonal (not cancer). ...Read more
Can you tell me is a 25% increased ring sideroblasts in bone marrow a sign of bone marrow failure?
Mri showed changes in my bone marrow. Shouldi have bone morrow biopsy to evaluate and how likely is it that this is serious? I have been taking interf
How does rods placed into the bone effect bone marrow? If bone marrow loss is a result of this condition, would that also cause anemia?
Probably not: Much. In the common situation where a rod is placed in the femur to stabilize a serious fracture there would be effacement of some bone marrow, but not enough in of itself to cause a deficit in rbc production leading to anemia. The fracture itself and the surgery could result in low HGB shortly after the injury. ...Read more
Depends / 1 week: It depends. If the bone marrow is "packed" with cancer cells it may be obvious on an initial review by a hematologist and/or hematopathologist. However, for a new diagnosis i generally tell patients it may potentially be a week for special stains/studies and "send out" studies to fully characterize the bone marrow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I did an abdominal CT scan and one of the things it showed was degenerative bone changes. What can cause this in a young adult? I'm only 26.
Do not worry: Wear and tear on our bodies happens all of the time. The question that needs to be asked is: "are the degenerative changes unusual for the patient's age?" current ct technology is capable of clearly showing structures 2 mm (a little bigger than 1/16 of an inch). We see many things which may not clinically significant, i.e., give the patient problems or cause pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible to have a normal white blood count, and end up diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome from a bone marrow biopsy?
Yes: It is a little confusing, but it is possible. We have 3 different cell lines in our blood: white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets or clotting cells. They all start their maturation in the marrow with young forms that evolve in mature, circulating cells. Myelodysplasia can affect 1, 2 or all cell lines and will eventually affect the number and/or the proportion of immature forms in blood ...Read more
What would cause a persons spleen to be enlarged? I had pneumonia and then complications which later led to a lymphoma diagnosis.
Lymphoma: The spleen is a collection of lymph nodes and hematopoietic tissue (like bone marrow). Mononucleosis, from the Epstein-Barr virus, or other infections can make it acutely enlarged. Leukemia and lymphoma are cancers of hematopoietic cells and lymphocytes and they can also expand the spleen. If you have lymphoma you should ask your oncologist about it. ...Read more
Can you help? Could something show abnormal in a full blood count if hodgkins lymphoma was present?
How common is a false negative ct when scanning for small cell lung cancer. Weight loss and fatigue present with some endocrine issues.
Very uncommon.: In some respects it depends on how the scan was performed, but, for example, with low dose screening chest CTs, reported sensitivities are generally well above 90%, and in some studies, approach 100% ...Read more
After having xray done whats a Riedels lobe? Can it cause problems with liver? Can it cause abdominal pain?
Normal: Riedel's lobe is a normal variant of liver anatomy involving the right lobe. ...Read more
Rarely: More precisely interferon beta has rarely been associated with "pancytopenia" meaning a decrease in all the blood cell lines, platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells. It can be serious if undetected since low platelets can result in bleeding and low WBC counts can result in serious infection, but a patient on the drug can be monitored for this and the drug discontinued if problems occur. ...Read more
My husband had a stem cell transplant in sept. He is having difficulty urinating. Mri was normal. Could this be life threatening or more likely something simple?
Probably something: That is treatable and not life threatening. ...Read more
I'm 26 and worried that the breast biopsy I had will cause breast cancer later in life from the trauma. Is this true?
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more
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