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

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

Depends: It depends on the expected diagnosis. A metastatic tumor may be detected in three days or so. Workup of a hematologic disorder often requires multiple tests and may take a week or longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Pen Hou
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Bone Marrow Biopsy (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Hi pls gve me insight in a bone marrow biopsy results which says 15 percent plasma cells?

Hi pls gve me insight in a bone marrow biopsy results which says 15 percent plasma cells?

Plasma Cells: Plasma cells are a normal component of bone marrow. A higher percentage than normal can indicate certain conditions such as multiple myeloma or MGUS. It is important to understand that any test needs to be interpreted in the context of other clinical findings. Discuss these results with your physician to figure out the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tb skin test negative, quentform TB test negative, bone marrow biopsy results indicative of TB (reacts to ziehl niehlssen), PCR negative. How come?

Tb skin test negative, quentform TB test negative, bone marrow biopsy results indicative of TB (reacts to ziehl niehlssen), PCR negative. How come?

No...actually: The zn stain is a broad stain for acid fast bacilli of which mycobacterium tuberculosis is one of many. The specific tests like quantiferon or the pcr test are against you having tb. The culture is the "gold standard" but you will need to wait for it. It might turn out be a cousin of TB and that too will grow out of culture. Stay on TB meds until they are certain of the AFB positive organism. ...Read more

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

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 have been having chronic pain perticularly in hips, but all over my body. I had a bone marrow biopsy done and i go back for results in a week.?

I have been having chronic pain perticularly in hips, but all over my body. I had a bone marrow biopsy done and i go back for results in a week.?

Work up: Since you had a bone marrow biopsy you must have some abnormalities on a recent blood count. The results may help answer your question. If results are negative i would also do a eval for possible rheumatoid conditions. I hope the biopsy is ok. ...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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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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What is the probablity of a clean bone marrow biopsy?

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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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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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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Will i need time off work after a bone marrow biopsy?

Will i need time off work after a bone marrow biopsy?

Not likely: The site of biopsy will be sore for a day or two, but you should be able to return to work the day after. More important for your ability to work may be the reason for which you need bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the typical pain level of a bone marrow biopsy?

Bone arrow biopsy: The bones are covered with a tissue called periosteum which has pain nerve fibres and is very sensitive to any injury. The doctor should numb the skin as well as this deeper layer. The needle is large but proper numbing would eliminate most of the pain. Once the numbing wears off, pain returns in a few hours but should be tolerable. Ice or tylenol (acetaminophen) will be helpful. ...Read more

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Should you drink the night before a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes.: Unless its being done under general anesthesia, you should eat and drink (including alcohol) as you would as part of your normal routine. If you are having a general anesthesia, you should take nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to the procedure. If you are on blood thinners, check with your prescribing doctor to see if its okay to stop these to avoid excessive bleeding at the biopsy site. ...Read more

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Do you recommend eating/drinking before bone marrow biopsy?

Does not matter: If bone marrow biopsy is the only test you will have, eating food will not affect the results. However, your doctor may plan to do other blood tests as well, therefore it would be prudent to check with her/him. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be completely sedated for a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes, if anesthesia: is provided by qualified/ dedicated personell. For many hospitals it means anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetists and it will depend on the scheduling, availability and logistics. For pediatric patients it should be the norm though ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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