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Bone Marrow Biopsy Side Effects
Many possible: Possible side effects from a bone marrow transplant include: rejection of the donor marrow, graft vs. Host disease (donor cells attack the recipient), infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, etc...), mouth sores, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, liver disease, seizures, nerve pain, lung inflammation, hormonal deficiencies, osteoporosis, future cancers, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It varies greatly: Bone marrow has lots of reserve, so it can be partly diseased, yet the body has no effect. But once the bone marrow is completely diseased or damaged, then the body will have all kinds of effects in the form of anemia(low hemoglobin), low WBC and low platelet counts and the complications of infections and bleeding as a result of low blood counts. ...Read more
Many!: Risks are lower if you had your own cells (autologous) or a twin's cells (syngeneic), and higher if you had someone else's (allogeneic). There are short-term and long-term risks. Risks include graft vs host disease, infections (some fatal), liver problems, bleeding, cataracts, infertility, heart damage, lung damage, kidney damage, and others. ...Read more
Positive, intense uptake on bone scan, lose spinal hardware, bone marrow edema , family history, paternal taking Forteo to strengthen bones. ??ideas?
For one: You probably should remove the hardware. Increased uptake is informing you there is bone activity. You don't state on what phase. This could indicate a fracture or infection.... The doctor should have a clinical suspicion of what he is looking for. If removing the hardware a bone biopsy can be performed if suspecting infection. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 yrs lytic bone lesions through axial skeleton -skull. Extramedullary hematopoiesis. New MRI spots on brain-bone marrow expansion. Can this be fatal?
Depends: Bone marrow expansion throughout the skeleton typically signals either that the marrow is i appropriately expanding into these compartment such as in a myeloproliferative disorder or the present regions of marrow production are insufficient to keep up with current body needs. Regardless of the cause this is best answered by hands on evaluation, testing and management by an hematologist. ...Read more
Disagree with Rx: First, not clear to me if you possess a VNS device, but removal can increase sz frequency. Furthermore, you are taking too many seizure meds, as after the first two, the benefit of the third is NO MORE than 3-4% improvement at best and the 4th is clearly egregious. You are best served by either surgery or the VNS unit, and you need to see an epilepsy specialist to get some direction here. ...Read more
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 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
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