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Doctor insights on: Are Bone Marrow Biopsies Accurate

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Biopsy (Definition)

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


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Are bone marrow biopsies ever false?

Are bone marrow biopsies ever false?

Rarely: Keep in mind that there is no such thing as 100% in life or in medicine. For every test we do, there is some chance (which may be very, very small) that the result will be incorrect. ...Read more

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How do bone marrow biopsies typically work?

How do bone marrow biopsies typically work?

Biopsy...: You are typically on your stomach and lightly sedated. The area on the back of your pelvis (hip region) is injected with local anesthesia and a "large" needle is placed into the bone marrow cavity to remove a sample of the contents. ...Read more

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Are bone marrow biopsies done on both sides?

Are bone marrow biopsies done on both sides?

They can be: Most of the time a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration is done on one side (unilateral). For the staging of certain cancers a biopsy is done on both sides (bilateral). ...Read more

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Are bone marrow biopsies painful to have done?

It depends: If done by an experienced health care worker(doctor/nurse) the bone marrow biopsy can be tolerable(mild to moderate amount of pain). They use local anesthesia which controls 90% of the pain. So i would not worry too much about it and get it done. Just make sure that the person doing the biopsy has done more than 20 biopsies before and does them fairly frequently(>1 per month). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do bone marrow biopsies work?

See below: Bone marrow biopsy and aspirate are done to diagnose disorders of blood and bone marrow. This site provides a short description of the procedure and indications for the procedure. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm. ...Read more

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Had a bone marrow asp and biopsy. Said abnormal female karyotype and these numbers in order. Add(14)(q22)(20). It was never explained. Could you help?

Need mor einformatio: You need to tell us about what made you go to see your doctor in the first instance and why was a bone marrow done? Unless you have some blood disorder, we can not interpret your chromosomal change(karyotype). You will be better off asking your doctor what it means now that he has given you this worry some report. ...Read more

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Are bone marrow biopsies and aspirations risky?

Low 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. ...Read more

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Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

Yes and no: Any biopsy will be painful but in the hands of an experienced doctor and proper sedation (local novocaine) it can be a much more tolerable process. Pain killers such as tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards for 24-58 hours can be a help too. ...Read more

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What amount is a bone marrow biopsy?

What amount is a bone marrow biopsy?

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. ...Read more

Bone Marrow (Definition)

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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more