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Dr. William Hearn
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Bone Biopsy (Overview)

A bone biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a sample of a bone abnormality.


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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Hearn
34 doctors shared insights

Bone Biopsy (Overview)

A bone biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a sample of a bone abnormality.


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What is bone biopsy and how was it done?

What is bone biopsy and how was it done?

Taking a piece out: A biopsy is a small piece taken out for microscopic examination of any particular tissue. Is it a bone biopsy(usually done for a tumor or growth) or is it a bone marrow(taken out to test for blood disorders). ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What is the definition or description of: bone biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: bone biopsy?

Removal of a sample: A bone biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a sample of a bone abnormality. ...Read more

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How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

A few days: Depending on what the biopsy is for, the initial results (gross micro) will come back in a few days. If the biopsy is for something more specific like tumors, infection, then the permanent results can take up to a week depending on additional stains or final culture results. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, endurance
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Avoid repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled. Don't miss appointments.
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Can bone biopsy diagnose cancer?

Can bone biopsy diagnose cancer?

Usually a bone: Biopsy is done on a a bone with a symptom (pain) and an x-ray abnormalitity (dissolved bone. Lytic; sclerotic, bone, blastic) indicating metastasis or fracture. The biopsy can obtain tissue if the source is occult. A bone marrow biopsy is done to assess anemia, look for leukemia, and sometimes another marrow disorder. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

Can there be a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

DIFFERING OPINIONS: I personally believe in the biopsy as the "gold standard." Other doctors believe in advanced imaging. There are good arguments both ways. Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

MRI : Can be helpful particularly if the radiologist has a before picture for comaprison. (contrast should be used.). ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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


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