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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. Janice Alexander
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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 get bone biopsy results?

How long can it take to get bone biopsy results?

A few days: Depending on what the biopsy is for, the initial results (gross micro) will come back in a few days. If the biopsy is for something more specific like tumors, infection, then the permanent results can take up to a week depending on additional stains or final culture results. ...Read more

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I am recently diagnosis with acute osteomyelitis accrdg to bone biopsy result but no bacteria found, MRI and indium scan was done may but negative?

I am recently diagnosis with acute osteomyelitis accrdg to bone biopsy result but no bacteria found, MRI and indium scan was done may but negative?

Suprising: Sometimes organisms are not localized in osteomyelitis because of partial treatment with antibiotics.Another reason is osteomyelitis is actually subacute and not actually acute.Patients with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis(CRMO)can get osteomyelitis in multiple sites with no bacteria that is autoimmune process.Surprising that MRI is normal. Indium is usually positive with no bacteria ...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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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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How long does it take to get the bone marrow biopsy results?

Depends: It depends on the expected diagnosis. A metastatic tumor may be detected in three days or so. Workup of a hematologic disorder often requires multiple tests and may take a week or longer. ...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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Can bone biopsy be done in doctor's office?

Depends: Many oncologist get marrow in office bi opsy of a partcular bone lesion would require xray guidance not available at office some offices have small procedure rooms with appropriate equipment. ...Read more

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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