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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

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 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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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

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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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What is the probablity of a clean bone marrow biopsy?

Clarify your questio: In what setting? It depends on what disease, how long you have that, do you have systemic symptoms etc? For more indolent disease - like cll for instance- the chance to see involvement to the bone marrow is pretty high as the disease may have been there for years. For acute leukemia- definitely bone marrow will be abnormal. ...Read more

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Is there any disadvantage of having bone marrow biopsy?

Is there any disadvantage of having bone marrow biopsy?

Small 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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4%plasma cells in bone marrow biopsy-how serious is it?

Can be normal.: Up to 5% is normal as long as they are not "monoclonal" meaning derived from a cell. If monoclonal then a bone cancer called myeloma needs to be ruled out. If no bone disease, anemia, high calcium or kidney disease answer is MGUS, a pre-cancerous condition with low risk of progression (less than 1% per year). ...Read more

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How long could the pain last after a bone marrow biopsy?

Short term: Should be no more than a few days; and that is on the longer side of the estimate. ...Read more

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How long does after a bone marrow biopsy does hurt it for?

Not long: See my previous answer. Usually a day or so unless there were complications. If longer than a couple of day, I would call the doctor and discuss. There could be bleeding at the site with a hematoma or potentially an infection. A bruise is to be expected and can cause some soreness. ...Read more

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Could a bone marrow biopsy cause me problems later in life?

No: There are no long term detriments to a bone marrow biopsy. Although rare, an infection is possible but this still should not cause any long term issues. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bone marrow biopsy?

Needle biopsy.: 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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a bone-marrow biopsy used to treat?

To diagnose not to: Treat. Bone marrow biopsy is a diagnostic process for disorders of blood and sometimes bone and some cancers. It is not a treatment for any disease. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm. ...Read more

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How long should I experience pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

A few weeks usually: Normally- you may feel some tenderness for a week or more after your bone marrow exam. Ask your doctor about taking a pain reliever, such as Acetaminophen (tylenol, others). Some people have pain that will last longer. If you are getting more and more pain then have it checked out. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results of a bone marrow biopsy?

Typically: 2 to 3 working days. A rapid preliminary result can be available in hours with a concern for acute leukemia. If a reference lab is used it can take 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results from a bone marrow biopsy?

Typically: 2 to 3 working days. A rapid preliminary result can be available in hours with a concern for acute leukemia. If a reference lab is used it can take 7-10 days. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to why would someone require a bone-marrow biopsy?

Long list: See this site for a list of indications for bone marrow biopsy.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm. ...Read more

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What are the chances of no complications from bone marrow biopsy?

Low complication: The potential complications from bone marrow biopsy include bleeding and infection. A physician who does the procedure often will have, usually, a low complication rate. In general the rate should be very low (my guess is less than 1%). Remember, the procedure gives information not otherwise obtainable. Discuss with you physician and if you need it- go for it. ...Read more

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Are there any medications I should take before a bone marrow biopsy?

Talk to your Doctor: This procedure is under the control of the doctor how perform it. Follow his instruction. ...Read more

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What should I expect in regards to pain during a bone marrow biopsy?

See below: Almost certainly they will deaden the area before doing the biopsy unfortunately they cannot deaden the bone so when they penetrate the bone for the biopsy there will be some immediate pain but it should be short and you ought to be able to stand it since you know it is going to happen. ...Read more

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How long should I be experiencing pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

It Depends: Everybody is different. You must keep in mind that your body heals as fast as your genes and diet will allow. If you eat unhealthy food, smoke and drink a lot, you may take a long time to heal. If you eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, you may heal up in record time. Please keep in mind that your doctor can only estimate or ball park this for you, no one can give you an exact time. ...Read more

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What does it mean when fibrouses is found during a bone marrow biopsy?

What does it mean when fibrouses is found during a bone marrow biopsy?

Tell us more: Why did they do bone marrow in the first place? What extent? It is called myelofibrosis, etiology is unclear. The result could be anemia (lacking red cells), infections (less white and/or bleeding (less platelets). Did you have previous history of cancer, were you treated for cancer? It could be serious but we have recent medications. Consult cancer doctor. We shall be glad to follow up with yo. ...Read more

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had a bone marrow biopsy?

The reason for: Biopsy. Bone marrow biopsy is done for a large number of reasons and the follow up care would depend on the diagnosis. As for the site of biopsy, you should leave the bandage on for 3-4 days for the wound to close and may take over the counter pain relief. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/bone-marrow-biopsy/my00305. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the hole in the bone to heal up after a bone marrow biopsy?

Months: The small hole in the bone left by a bone marrow biopsy will heal over a period of a few months. However the size and location of the bone defect will not cause any changes in the strength of the bone. There is no increased risk of fracture. ...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