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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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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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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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What does it mean when fibrouses is found during a bone marrow biopsy?

What does it mean when fibrouses is found during a bone marrow biopsy?

Tell us more: Why did they do bone marrow in the first place? What extent ? It is called myelofibrosis, etiology is unclear. The result could be anemia (lacking red cells), infections (less white and/or bleeding (less platelets). Did you have previous history of cancer, were you treated for cancer? It could be serious but we have recent medications. Consult cancer doctor. We shall be glad to follow up with yo. ...Read more

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What should I expect in regards to pain during a bone marrow biopsy?

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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Is it common for a bone marrow biopsy and a spinal tap to happen during the same day/doctor visit?

Is it common for a bone marrow biopsy and a spinal tap to happen during the same day/doctor visit?

Might be needed: Here is some general information on spinal tap: http://www.webmd.com/brain/lumbar-puncture#1 And bone marrow biopsy: https://guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/cancer/procedures/bone-marrow-biopsy.pdf For specific advice regarding the appropriateness of doing both on the same visit suggest discussion with your doctor before proceeding so can understand why both were ordered. ...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 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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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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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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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 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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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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Where on the body is a bone marrow biopsy done?

Where on the body is a bone marrow biopsy done?

The hip: Biopsies are taken from the upper back portion of the hip. Occasionally, if a suction aspiration is needed, a breastbone puncture can be used. ...Read more

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Does getting a bone marrow biopsy typically hurt?

Depends: If your receive conscious sedation, you will not have noticeable pain during the procedure. Afterward, you may have pain for a day or so unless there is an untoward complication. I had one and it hurt minimally for 24 hours. I had conscious sedation. ...Read more

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How long should I experience pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

A few weeks usually: Normally- you may feel some tenderness for a week or more after your bone marrow exam. Ask your doctor about taking a pain reliever, such as Acetaminophen (tylenol, others). Some people have pain that will last longer. If you are getting more and more pain then have it checked out. ...Read more

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How long should I be experiencing pain after a bone marrow biopsy?

How long should  I  be experiencing pain after a  bone marrow biopsy?

It Depends: Everybody is different. You must keep in mind that your body heals as fast as your genes and diet will allow. If you eat unhealthy food, smoke and drink a lot, you may take a long time to heal. If you eat right, exercise, drink plenty of water, you may heal up in record time. Please keep in mind that your doctor can only estimate or ball park this for you, no one can give you an exact time. ...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

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