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Heal Jaw Bone Biopsy
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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on when: If you have a small lump right after the biopsy for some days or a week, that would be normal swelling after the trauma of the biopsy. If you have a lump there weeks or months later, that is not normal, and you should see your doctor about it. Of course it would help to know why you had a bone biopsy. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
Is a bone biopsy painful? I'm nervous about my upcoming bone marrow biopsy. Is it painful? What sort of pain medication is used?
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