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Adult male, bone marrow biopsy show Erythroid hyperplasia RBC borderline on high side, thrombocytopenia fluctuate, Splenomegaly, negative for infections.

Adult male, bone marrow biopsy show Erythroid hyperplasia RBC borderline on high side, thrombocytopenia fluctuate, Splenomegaly, negative for infections.

CBC Results: If you can send us the complete blood count (CBC) report which includes Hb, WBC, Platelet counts done from 2 different dates, we can tell you if there is anything serious or how to manage your concerns. WE need to know the number of platelets (Count). RBC numbers are not useful...instead we use hemoglobin as a better test to reflect any problems with RBCs.

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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Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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When would a bone marrow biopsy be needed?

BLOOD DISEASES: Blood diseases like anemia.Leukopenia/leukocytosis, low/high platelet count staging of cancer are common conditions needing bone marrow biopsy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Should you drink the night before a bone marrow biopsy?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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What is the purpose of collecting urine before a bone marrow biopsy?

What is the purpose of collecting urine before a bone marrow biopsy?

Ask your doc: Please ask your doctor this question. The number of conditions/diseases that can be tested for in the urine are quite numerous, ranging from everything from pregnancy to multiple myeloma proteins.

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Is it a good idea to start a diet the day before bone marrow biopsy?

Is it a good idea to start a diet the day before bone marrow biopsy?

Does not matter: Changing your diet the day before your biopsy will not likely have a significant effect on the findings of the bone marrow biopsy itself.

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What are the differences between a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration?

Nothing...: They are literally one and the same... The aspiration is the procedure... And then the pathologist looks at the sample as a biopsy specimen.

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What tests should be done frm bone marrow biopsy n aspiration slides?

Depends on purpose: How many tests can be done from blood? Millions. How many tests can be done from a bone marrow biopsy (BMB) specimen? Many? What tests should be done? It depends on 1) purpose for performing the BMB and 2) the findings the pathologist sees on morphologic examination of the aspirate & biopsy. Tests may include stains for iron or congo red (amyloidosis) as well as flow cytometry, cytogenetics, FISH.

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How soon after a bone marrow biopsy could the diagnosis of leukemia be made?

How soon after a bone marrow biopsy could the diagnosis of leukemia be made?

Depends / 1 week: It depends. If the bone marrow is "packed" with cancer cells it may be obvious on an initial review by a hematologist and/or hematopathologist. However, for a new diagnosis I generally tell patients it may potentially be a week for special stains/studies and "send out" studies to fully characterize the bone marrow.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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