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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


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How long can it take to heal from a jaw bone biopsy?

It does depend: Also on size of biopsy - enucleation versus marsupialization, vs en-bloc resection and what pathology is/was. In general, 6-8 weeks of soreness, stiffness and point tenderness is all within normal limits. Best to have conversation at your follow-up because your oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performed this bone biopsy would know best. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bone biopsy?

What is the definition or description of: bone biopsy?

Removal of a sample: A bone biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a sample of a bone abnormality. ...Read more

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Is a bone biopsy painful? I'm nervous about my upcoming bone marrow biopsy. Is it painful? What sort of pain medication is used? .

Is a bone biopsy painful? I'm nervous about my upcoming bone marrow biopsy. Is it painful? What sort of pain medication is used? 

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It : It depends where the biopsy is done and what type of anesthesia is used. Anesthesia may range from local anesthetic like lidocaine, conscious sedation or general anesthesia. Post operative pain maybe treated with narcotic pain medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is bone biopsy and how was it done?

What is bone biopsy and how was it done?

Taking a piece out: A biopsy is a small piece taken out for microscopic examination of any particular tissue. Is it a bone biopsy(usually done for a tumor or growth) or is it a bone marrow(taken out to test for blood disorders). ...Read more

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Can bone biopsy diagnose cancer?

Can bone biopsy diagnose cancer?

Usually a bone: Biopsy is done on a a bone with a symptom (pain) and an x-ray abnormalitity (dissolved bone. Lytic; sclerotic, bone, blastic) indicating metastasis or fracture. The biopsy can obtain tissue if the source is occult. A bone marrow biopsy is done to assess anemia, look for leukemia, and sometimes another marrow disorder. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

Can there be a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

DIFFERING OPINIONS: I personally believe in the biopsy as the "gold standard." Other doctors believe in advanced imaging. There are good arguments both ways. Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a way to determine if osteomyelitis is gone without bone biopsy?

MRI : Can be helpful particularly if the radiologist has a before picture for comaprison. (contrast should be used.). ...Read more

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I am having a bone biopsy on my jawbone. Three spot are being biospy how long show it take to get results back?

2-5 days: Bone needs to be decalcified before it can be processed. It takes 5-10 hours of fixation; 5-10 hours of processing, 2-3 hours to cut, stain and create teh slides, and then a day for the pathologist to read it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Where is the marrow taken from in a bone biopsy? I need to have a bone biopsy. What bone is the marrow extracted from, and where is the incision? .

Where is the marrow taken from in a bone biopsy? I need to have a bone biopsy. What bone is the marrow extracted from, and where is the incision?

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One : One common area from where bone marrow biopsies are taken from is the iliac crest. The ilium is one of the bones in the pelvis and between the outer and inner harder or cortical portions of the bones there is softer, what we call cancellous bone from which the biopsy can be taken. If you feel the hard pelvic bone on your sides just below your abdomen, this is generally where this is taken from. In many cases this can be done percutaneously with a large bore needle rather than making a formal incision. Good luck! ...Read more

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


Dr. William Hearn
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Bone Biopsy (Definition)

A bone biopsy is a surgical procedure to remove a sample ...Read more