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Doctor insights on: Bone Marrow Density Test

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Dr. Frederick Singer Dr. Singer
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
54 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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


Dr. Robert Lang Dr. Lang
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
48 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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How is your bone density affected if you have donated your bone marrow?

How is your bone density affected if you have donated your bone marrow?

No effect: Bone marrow donation requires only a small amount of the center of the bone so that there is no clinical effect on the density.

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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What is a bone marrow test used for?

Detecting diseases: Bone marrow tests are performed for many reasons, but the commonest ones are: detecting bone marrow involvement by a cancer - many cancers, notably lymphomas spread from their primary site to different organs of the body, including the bone marrow detecting cancers of the blood leukemias finding the cause of anemia. Bone marrow infiltration by other diseases

Dr. Bikas Sharma Dr. Sharma
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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For what reasons bone marrow test is conducted?

For what reasons bone marrow test is conducted?

The list is too long: Her's a link that answers your question in detail http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/207575-overview.

Dr. Michael Dugan Dr. Dugan
Internal Medicine - Hematology
years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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How long does it take to get bone marrow test results back?

How long does it take to get bone marrow test results back?

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.

Dr. Jesse Chuang Dr. Chuang
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
13 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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Hi. What does it mean four my bone marrow test comes back inconclusive?

Just as it sounds: Inconclusive means no conclusion can be given. It can be negative or it can be positive, but just not seen from the sample obtained. You may need another repeat study. Talk to your doctor who did the test to weigh the benefit vs risk of repeat testing.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Can they test you for drugs if you want to donate bone marrow?

No they do not: But they do check you and examine you to make sure that you are healthy and do not have any serious sickness, diseases or major health issues.

Dr. James Blachly Dr. Blachly
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Hi docs, do you think it's adviseable to go through a bone marrow test because tc/dlc count is rising?

What?: What do you mean by tc/dlc count? If you mean total leukocyte count (TLC) then the answer is "possibly;" it depends on the differential breakdown of types of leukocytes and which are high. If it is neutrophils no.

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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Terminal Deoxynucleotid Transferase what is this is there a normal range? I know it was found in bone marrow test..

Terminal transferase: Terminal transferase (TdT) is a template independent polymerase that catalyzes addition of deoxynucleotides to the 3' hydroxyl terminus of DNA. Protruding, recessed or blunt-ended double or single-stranded DNA molecules serve as a substrate for TdT. This molecule is a specialized DNA polymerase expressed in immature, pre-B, pre-T lymphoid cells during mAb gene recombination.

Dr. James Pryor Dr. Pryor
Psychiatry
32 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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What to do if I want to donate bone marrow, but do they drug test you for that?

Yes: Of course. Drug use is extremely unhealthy. Why pass that on to someone who has a lowered immune status?

Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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I have a 2-1/2 year old that keeps having high white blood counts. She has other symptoms to. Should she have a bone marrow test?

I have a 2-1/2 year old that keeps having high white blood counts. She has other symptoms to. Should she have a bone marrow test?

You need to: Discuss this with her hematologist. She has all her lab results and should be able to MAP out treatment plans and options and what is best for her.

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Dr. Michael Thompson Dr. Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
16 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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What tests should be done frm bone marrow biopsy n aspiration slides?

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.

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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Bone marrow suppression...Progressively lower counts of red...White & platlets. 3 CBC tests all wotse in 60 days. Implications?

What is the cause: You need to go to see a hematologist to help you find out what is going on. There are so many things that can give you the problems. Blood works and bone marrow biopsy have to be done. Implication of havng low blood counts would depend on why and how severe/how low the blood levels. Go to see your doc and discuss more about this.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Louis Cooper Dr. Cooper
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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What is the difference between bone marrow aspiration n bone marrow biopsy what tests are performed in both?

More info: A bone marrow aspirate is just drawing bone marrow into a syringe for evaluation. A biopsy actually removes a core of bone from the marrow cavity to check for architecture of the marrow.

Dr. Ecaterina Sartina Dr. Sartina
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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My son has had a platelet count of below 20 for 4 months. Should I push for a bone marrow test to find the cause?

My son has had a platelet count of below 20 for 4 months. Should I push for a bone marrow test to find the cause?

Discuss with Hem/Onc: You should discuss it with your hem/onc doctor. There are might be reasons why it's still not done. Bone marrow test has it's own complications.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What kind of blood test would my hematology dr. Order to see what's wrong with my blood instead of a bone marrow test?

What kind of blood test would my hematology dr. Order to see what's wrong with my blood instead of a bone marrow test?

Hierarchy of tests: Usual approach is to do a complete blood cells count and performa microscopic examination of the blood smear, the latter may be done by a pathologist. Depending on the findings, symptoms, and signs, other tests may be selected, e.G, flow cytometry, antibody testing, dna testing, and a bone marrow. Each test has its own place and there is no test instead of bone marrow.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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I was just told that my bone marrow biopsy showed I have a 3rd set of chromosome 8. I have none of the clinical features. Is it possible the test is?

I was just told that my bone marrow biopsy showed I have a 3rd set of chromosome 8. I have none of the clinical features. Is it possible the test is?

Trisomy 8 in marrow: This abnormality is not associated with any specific disease, since patients can have different clinical features, such as leukemia, polycythemia vera, and several other blood disorders. It's been suggested that the trisomy may be a secondary rather than primary event in the development of the disease. It's different than trisomy 8 as a primary genetic event-w/ fetal development problem etc.

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more