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What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

What is a bone marrow biopsy done for ?

Bone marrow biopsy: Hi, Bone Marrow biopsy is usually performed when a blood cell disorder is suspected, blood cell disorders are: Leukemia, aplastic anemia, multiple mylemoa and etc and some infectious processes. ...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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How painful is a bone marrow biopsy typically?

How painful is a bone marrow biopsy typically?

It depends: Some people have a higher pain tolerance than others. Even at the hands of the most skilled physician, a bone marrow biopsy is at least uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What amount is a bone marrow biopsy?

What amount is a bone marrow biopsy?

Bone marrow biopsy?: I am not clear what you are asking--do you want to know how much bone marrow is removed during a bone marrow biopsy? Generally, 5-15 cc's of marrow is removed during a bone marrow aspiration and then a 2-3 cm small piece of the bone marrow is removed for the biopsy. If you were trying to get other information please add a more detailed question. ...Read more

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How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

How painful is a bone marrow transplant?

Variable: The actual transplant which is the reinfusion of the bone marrow or stem cells is not painful. However there can be side effects to the radiation and/or chemotherapy used to treat the patient before the stem cell infusion. Depending on how the transplant is done those treatments can cause some unpleasant side effects including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and mouth sores among other things. ...Read more

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Is a bone marrow biopsy painful?

Yes and no: Any biopsy will be painful but in the hands of an experienced doctor and proper sedation (local novocaine) it can be a much more tolerable process. Pain killers such as tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards for 24-58 hours can be a help too. ...Read more

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Is bone marrow biopsy done without anesthesia?

Is bone marrow biopsy done without anesthesia?

Just for children: Young children will generally be put to sleep. The rest will at least get local anesthesia which is like novacaine over the hip. ...Read more

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How is a bone marrow transplant done?

Let me explain: 1-we have to have a donor who donate that, we do collect the bone marrow from him we call this step (harvesting) 2-we have to transplant this marrow to the recipient (patient receiving the bone marrow). 3-both involve special collecting method and method of delivery , done under anesthesia use some big needles to harvest. Some time require small surgery under anesthesia. ...Read more

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How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

Bone Scan: You get an injection of a radioactive material. Two hours later, you return to nuclear medicine and lay under a machine called gamma camera for about 40 to 45 min for getting pictures of your bone to see if your prostate cancer had spread to the bone. ...Read more

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What exactly is a bone marrow aspiration?

What exactly is a bone marrow aspiration?

Sampling of marrow: This is a removal of the liquid marrow within the bone. A needle is inserted through the skin and then into the bone. From this site, marrow is withdrawn. The bone typically used is the hip bone. The marrow looks like blood, but is made up of a very different group of cells. ...Read more

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What is a bone marrow transplant?

What is a bone marrow transplant?

See below: A bone marrow transplant is the replacement of blood forming elements. The transplant is actually done with peripheral blood stem cells, and infused like a blood transfusion. The need for a transplant is because the treatment for certain diseases requires high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy that will destroy one's marrow completely. This then requires replacement with another's marrow. ...Read more

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How soon after a bone marrow biopsy could the diagnosis of leukemia be made?

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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What is diagnosed with a bone marrow aspiration?

BONE MARROW ASPIRATE: Bone marrow aspirations are done to determine whether or not a patient has, for example, leukemia, anemia, bone cancer, multiple myeloma and other diseases, and to confirm certain diagnoses. ...Read more

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What is. a bone marrow?

What is. a bone marrow?

Bone marrow is: tissue in the center or hollow part of the bones. It makes red blood cells. Eventually white blood cells are manufactured. All of this is helps our immune system protect us from infection. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How is a liver biopsey performed?

How is a liver biopsey performed?

Varies: Thirty years ago, the physician would just tap out the liver and using a suction needle obtain tissue. For the most part today, the liver is seen under ultrasound and a spring-loaded needle obtains the tissue. ...Read more

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What technique is used to spot early osteoporosis? Is it dual X-ray absorptiometry, bone marrow biopsy, or arthroscopy?

What technique is used to spot early osteoporosis? Is it dual X-ray absorptiometry, bone marrow biopsy, or arthroscopy?

DEXA: Dexa scan is a non-invasive method which involves sending different energy xrays though the hips and lower spine to determine bone density. The t score is used in classifying density as osteopenic (early osteoporosis) or osteoporotic. ...Read more

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Is a bone marrow biopsy better than a chromosome analysis to diagnose blood cancer?

Is a bone marrow biopsy better than a chromosome analysis to diagnose blood cancer?

Yes: Usually, when a bone marrow biopsy/aspirate is done, additional material is collected for special testing, such as flow cytometry and chromosome analysis. While the most important information is obtained by microscopically examining the cells in the bone marrow, the results of those special studies can help the pathologist more specifically diagnose the cancer, if one is present. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a clean bone marrow biopsy?

What is the probablity of a clean bone marrow biopsy?

Clarify your questio: In what setting? It depends on what disease, how long you have that, do you have systemic symptoms etc? For more indolent disease - like cll for instance- the chance to see involvement to the bone marrow is pretty high as the disease may have been there for years. For acute leukemia- definitely bone marrow will be abnormal. ...Read more

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How is a bone marrow match determined?

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How is a bone marrow match determined?

HLA type: Every cell in your body has human leukocyte antigens (hlas) on the surface that act like a cell i.D. These allow your immune cells to recognize your cells as part of you and not foreign cells that need to be attacked. The bone marrow donor's hlas should match the patient's hlas as closely as possible so the donor's immune system doesn't attack the patient! hla is determined by a blood test. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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