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

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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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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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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Can a bone marrow biopsy cause blood in the stool?

Can a bone marrow biopsy cause blood in the stool?

No: No, bone marrow biopsy is taken from the hip bone, they don't go close to the bowels, you should get evaluated though for the bloody stools! ...Read more

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Is there any condition that could cause both neutropenia and hypothyroidism? All orderedblood tests and bone marrow biopsy came back normal/negative.

Is there any condition that could cause both neutropenia and hypothyroidism? All orderedblood tests and bone marrow biopsy came back normal/negative.

Unrelated: Hypothyroidism is very common condition, so it is not uncommon to have other conditions that can coexist independent of each other. Neutropenia is often caused by bone marrow damage of some kind or other, although on rare occasions it can be congenital (since birth, cause unknown). The degree of neutropenia matters. So you should give us all the numbers of your CBC...such as WBC count & Neutrrophil ...Read more

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Could splenic lymphoma exist even with Negative Bone marrow biopsy & negative PET/CT, but splenomegaly occur? Other causes has ruled out.

Could splenic lymphoma exist even with Negative Bone marrow biopsy & negative PET/CT, but splenomegaly occur? Other causes has ruled out.

Yes/No: Lymphoma can, on rare occasions, involve spleen alone, sparing all other organs. But PET will show increased uptake (high SUV) and CT would show enlargement of Spleen. So depending on your symptoms and the degree of enlargment of your spleen, your doctor may, somewhere along the line, consider removal of the spleen (splenectomy). But this step would only be taken if your spleen is causing U any harm ...Read more

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If you have chronic anemia and doctors can't find the cause, is it common to get a bone marrow biopsy?

If you have chronic anemia and doctors can't find the cause, is it common to get a bone marrow biopsy?

Chronic anemia: Not uncommon, in normocytic anemia if they want to see how the cells are generating RBC, whether it is making cells or not making cells. Have you also been tested for celiac disease, thyroid disease G6PD, and medications that can sometimes cause anemia as well? . http://www. Aafp. Org/afp/2000/1115/p2255.html ...Read more

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If blood work has not shown the cause of my polycythemia, will a bone marrow biopsy be helpful? My hematologist has mentioned it, but not done it.

If blood work has not shown the cause of my polycythemia, will a bone marrow biopsy be helpful? My hematologist has mentioned it, but not done it.

It may or maynot: The diagnosis of polycythemia requires several criteria which are well defined. They include CBC, Hb level, WBC level, platelets and Blood erythropoetin level. Send us the results and we can help you. Unless your Hb is above 17 grams, you can get a follow up CBC in 2-3 months and see if it is rising. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of an abs. Neutrophil count of <500 (when all other bc counts are within normal ranges)? Is bone marrow biopsy the next step?

What might be the cause of an abs. Neutrophil count of <500 (when all other bc counts are within normal ranges)? Is bone marrow biopsy the next step?

Medications: Any new meds? Recent infection. Cyclic neutropenia is a possibility. I agree that blood counts need to be checked twice a week. However, a bone marrow biopsy is a thought. But would rule out a medication induced cause. ...Read more

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Have APS, does it Cause High B2M? Normal CT/PET and Bone marrow Biopsy. High LDH, Spleenomegaly, Normal SPEP, Night sweat, tired, Low platelete& RBC

Have APS, does it Cause High B2M? Normal CT/PET and Bone marrow Biopsy. High LDH, Spleenomegaly, Normal SPEP, Night sweat, tired, Low platelete& RBC

Not necessarily: The B2M protein is "non-specific: and not necessarily associated with APS I am going to refer your question to one of our HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY experts. This referral should not frighten you! It is simply to help you find out more about your clinical situation. Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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How long could a bone marrow biopsy be sore?

How long could a bone marrow biopsy be sore?

Just a few days: This may cause some soreness at the site and bruising, swelling and tenderness. Usually this will resolve in a couple of day. One could understand up to a week depending on health conditions, any difficulty with the procedure and any other risk factors. If you are concerned, get it checked out. Infection would be my biggest concern, then a large hematoma would be my next one. Use ice packs! ...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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How long could the pain last after a bone marrow biopsy?

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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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 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. ...Read more

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Could you be put to sleep for a bone marrow biopsy?

Could you be put to sleep for a bone marrow biopsy?

Bone marraw biopsy: Bone marraw biopsy is somewhat uncomfortablel. But the risk of general anethesia is too high. Using local numb medicine will decrease the pain. ...Read more

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Could you request to be put to sleep during a bone marrow biopsy?

Could you request to be put to sleep during a bone marrow biopsy?

Anesthesia: Yes, you could have an anesthesiologist involved if you arranged this with the physician ordering the test. ...Read more

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Could a pelvic MRI tell if you have had a bone marrow biopsy?

Could a pelvic MRI tell if you have had a bone marrow biopsy?

Not Really: Shortly after the biopsy there will be some acute changes on the mri, but it would probably be hard to tell if these changes are due to a biopsy or something else. After some time passes, you would be unable to tell. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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