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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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Dr. Pen Hou
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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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Is there another way to find out if you have leukemia other than a bone marrow biopsy?

Is there another way to find out if you have leukemia other than a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes: Often a bone marrow biopsy is needed to fully characterize a leukemia, but leukemia may be noted in the peripheral blood when it is smeared on a glass slide (pbs). Also, special tests on blood such as flow cytometry can (at least partially) characterize certain leukemias (eg, cll). ...Read more

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Should i ask the doctor for a bone marrow biopsy to check for leukemia?

Should i ask the doctor for a bone marrow biopsy to check for leukemia?

Not likely: A standard blood draw, with CBC and differential--especially with comparatives over time should help accomplish your diagnosis. See your doctor for referral to a hematologist and oncology team--asap. ...Read more

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Can someone have leukemia and lupus? Most of the symptoms of leukemia are the same as lupus. Bone marrow biopsy confirmed leukemia. Just wondering.

Can someone have leukemia and lupus? Most of the symptoms of leukemia are the same as lupus. Bone marrow biopsy confirmed leukemia. Just wondering.

One can have both.: Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect any tissue or organ on the body and can cause low blood counts such as what can happen in acute leukemia which is considered a malignancy. Both conditions can occur in one and the same person although uncommon! ...Read more

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Can they do a bone marrow biopsy even if the platelets seem fine but their is signs and symptoms of chronic leukemia?

Yes/No: Bone marrow biopsy can be done in anyone provided there is a good reason to do so and it has possibility of giving useful information. Leukemia is best diagnosed with CBC first and then doing bone marrow only if there is something wrong in the peripheral blood counts(cbc). ...Read more

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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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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

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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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