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Dr. Pen Hou
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Bone Marrow Biopsy (Overview)

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 people with known cancer.


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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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Dr. Pen Hou
117 doctors shared insights

Bone Marrow Biopsy (Overview)

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 people with known cancer.


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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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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

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Are bone marrow biopsies painful to have done?

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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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

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Does a bone marrow biopsy cause pain?

Does a bone marrow biopsy cause pain?

Yes: A bone marrow biopsy unfortunately can be a painful procedure. It is only performed when the benefits outweigh the risks, however. ...Read more

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When do you need a bone marrow biopsy?

Blood disorders: A number of blood disorders like undiagnosed anemia, leukemia, high red cell count, low white cell or platelet count may warrant a bone marrow biopsy. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/bone-marrow-aspiration-and-biopsy ...Read more

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Can getting a bone marrow biopsy hurt?

It will hurt: Even with a local anesthetic and some sedation, you can expect a fair amount of pain. Be brave and remember that it's being done to promote your improved health. ...Read more

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What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

Bone marrow biopsy: Hi, Bone Marrow biopsy is usually performed when a blood cell disorder is suspected, blood cell disorders are: Leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple mylemoa and etc and some infectious processes. ...Read more

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What makes an a bone marrow biopsy abnormal?

What makes an a bone marrow biopsy abnormal?

Change in components: A bone marrow biopsy in a normal person will find the pattern of cells most often seen in a healthy person of that age.This would include red cells and their precursers (builders), white cells & precursers, platelet precursers & others. In illness, the pattern changes, and some or all may be abnormal. Tumor cells may take over every space& or few if any normal cells may be seen. ...Read more

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How painful is a bone marrow biopsy typically?

It depends: Some people have a higher pain tolerance than others. Even at the hands of the most skilled physician, a bone marrow biopsy is at least uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Why could someone require a bone-marrow biopsy?

Why could someone require a bone-marrow biopsy?

Many Indications: Bone marrow biopsy is most useful in diagnosis and staging of blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, etc). Also indicated for evaluating unexplained anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia, or unexplained elevated blood counts. It is also useful for fever of unknown origin, or as a confirmation that bone marrow transplantation is successful. ...Read more

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Where on the body is a bone marrow biopsy done?

The hip: Biopsies are taken from the upper back portion of the hip. Occasionally, if a suction aspiration is needed, a breastbone puncture can be used. ...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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Does getting a bone marrow biopsy typically hurt?

Depends: If your receive conscious sedation, you will not have noticeable pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may have pain for a day or so unless there is an untoward complication. I had one and it hurt minimally for 24 hours. I had conscious sedation. ...Read more

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How can you make a bone marrow biopsy less painful?

Sedation: Light sedation can be used, in addition the soft tissues should be numbed to the periosteum, the outer layer of bone. ...Read more

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What can I do about pain in the bone marrow biopsy?

What can I do about pain in the bone marrow biopsy?

Bone marrow biopsy: If it is done after adequate local anesthesia is used with lidocaine, it should not hurt, maybe little pressure or discomfort at site. After procedure you can take an aleve, advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) to alleviate the pain. ...Read more

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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 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