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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

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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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, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and 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 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

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I am having a bone biopsy on my jawbone. Three spot are being biospy how long show it take to get results back?

I am having a bone biopsy on my jawbone. Three spot are being biospy how long show it take to get results back?

Week or so: After the bone gos to th lab it has to be demineralized, stained, and viewed microscopically, if any question obout the diagnosis, rather than give the wrong DX to you the bxs are sent out for opinions from other experts. So if simple a week if harder to dx, 2-3 weeks depending on the speed they are sent out and viewed and returned. ...Read more

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Where is the marrow taken from in a bone biopsy? I need to have a bone biopsy. What bone is the marrow extracted from, and where is the incision? .

One : One common area from where bone marrow biopsies are taken from is the iliac crest. The ilium is one of the bones in the pelvis and between the outer and inner harder or cortical portions of the bones there is softer, what we call cancellous bone from which the biopsy can be taken. If you feel the hard pelvic bone on your sides just below your abdomen, this is generally where this is taken from. In many cases this can be done percutaneously with a large bore needle rather than making a formal incision. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is a bone biopsy painful? I'm nervous about my upcoming bone marrow biopsy. Is it painful? What sort of pain medication is used? .

Is a bone biopsy painful? I'm nervous about my upcoming bone marrow biopsy. Is it painful? What sort of pain medication is used? 

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It : It depends on where the biopsy is done and what type of anesthesia is used. Anesthesia may range from local anesthetic like lidocaine, conscious sedation or general anesthesia. Post operative pain maybe treated with narcotic pain medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can bone biopsy be done in doctor's office?

Depends: Many oncologist get marrow in office bi opsy of a partcular bone lesion would require xray guidance not available at office some offices have small procedure rooms with appropriate equipment. ...Read more

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How long can it take to heal from a jaw bone biopsy?

It does depend: Also, on size of biopsy — enucleation versus marsupialization, vs en-bloc resection and what pathology is/was. In general, 6-8 weeks of soreness, stiffness and point tenderness is all within normal limits. Best to have conversation at your follow-up because your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performed this bone biopsy would now best. ...Read more

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There's small lump on my leg where they removed bone for a bone biopsy. Is this normal?

There's small lump on my leg where they removed bone for a bone biopsy. Is this normal?

Depends on when: If you have a small lump right after the biopsy for some days or a week, that would be normal swelling after the trauma of the biopsy. If you have a lump there weeks or months later, that is not normal, and you should see your doctor about it. Of course, it would help to know why you had a bone biopsy. ...Read more

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Does a bone biopsy test for leukemia? My doctor wants me to have a bone biopsy. Does this mean he thinks I have leukemia? .

Not necessarily: Bone biopsy is a test to evaluate how your bone is producing blood products. If you have anemia or any other number of benign blood issues a biopsy may be recommended. Ultimately if you are worried about what the doctor is looking for then you should ask him. It's your body and you need to know! ...Read more

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What are the risks of a bone biopsy? I have a weakened immune system and am concerned about the risk of getting an infection during my bone biopsy. What are the risks? .

What are the risks of a bone biopsy? I have a weakened immune system and am concerned about the risk of getting an infection during my bone biopsy. What are the risks?
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With : With any surgical procedure there is the risk of damage to adjacent structures (nerves, blood vessels, internal organs), bleeding and infection. Your statement that you have a weakened immune system is a clue to why the bone biopsy is being done, since some blood cells that are responsible for mounting an immune response start life in the bone marrow. I am sure your doctors have weighed the risk vs. Benefits in recommending this procedure and will take the necessary precautions to prevent an infection. ...Read more

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We are waiting for a bone biopsy. Spur or cancer is the differential diagnosis. We noticed that his previous blood tests showed him slightly anemic. Does that point to cancer?

We are waiting for a bone biopsy.  Spur or cancer is the differential diagnosis.  We noticed that his previous blood tests showed him slightly anemic.  Does that point to cancer?

Not clear: The two choices of possibilities seems a bit unusual. It sounds like the biopsy is to really define the problem in the bone. Anemia can be related to cancer, bur has a very long list of causes. I'm not sure that I can make anything if the anemia. ...Read more

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Knee MRI said represent early stages of osteomyelitis or matastatic disease. Bone biopsy not specific, still no answers?

Knee MRI said represent early stages of osteomyelitis or matastatic disease. Bone biopsy not specific, still no answers?

May have missed the-: --the mass, especially if a needle Bx. Also, were cultures done? Was the tissue studied done by frozen sections? They R not reliable in bone tissue. Even permanent sections R not easily evaluated & R often sent out 2 specialists in evaluating bone tiss6. ...Read more

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I am recently diagnosis with acute osteomyelitis accrdg to bone biopsy result but no bacteria found, MRI and indium scan was done may but negative?

I am recently diagnosis with acute osteomyelitis accrdg to bone biopsy result but no bacteria found, MRI and indium scan was done may but negative?

Suprising: Sometimes organisms are not localized in osteomyelitis because of partial treatment with antibiotics. Another reason is osteomyelitis is actually subacute and not actually acute. Patients with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis(CRMO)can get osteomyelitis in multiple sites with no bacteria that is autoimmune process. Surprising that MRI is normal. Indium is usually positive with no bacteria ...Read more

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I have a joint infection and my doctor wants to order a bone biopsy. Can this infection be a sign of cancer?

Probably is not: Joint infectios are in general serous problems specially if they occura after a joint replacement. Your dr could be concerned about you having osteomylitis of the bone(bone infection)and that is te reazon for the bone biopsy. Must likely is not bone cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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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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?

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

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Is it possible for a bone lesion biopsy area to hurt for months?

May last for months: Some biopsy sites can be very painful for several months. ...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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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