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What is the typical pain level of a bone marrow biopsy?

What is the typical pain level of a bone marrow biopsy?

Bone arrow biopsy: The bones are covered with a tissue called periosteum which has pain nerve fibres and is very sensitive to any injury. The doctor should numb the skin as well as this deeper layer. The needle is large but proper numbing would eliminate most of the pain. Once the numbing wears off, pain returns in a few hours but should be tolerable. Ice or tylenol (acetaminophen) will be helpful. ...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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Chronic osteomylitis, bone marrow biopsy normal, jak-2 mutation negative, erythropoitin level normal, s.Ferritin level 5 but hb.17.8.What is its reason ?

Chronic osteomylitis, bone marrow biopsy normal, jak-2 mutation negative, erythropoitin level normal, s.Ferritin level 5 but hb.17.8.What is its reason ?

Many possibilities: Your question is why your hemoglobin is at the top-of-normal (or maybe a tiny bit above) for a person of your age and gender. I'm much, much more concerned about your chronic osteomyelitis. I'd consider a right-to-left cardiac shunt, osler-weber-rendu lung shunt, sleep apnea, high-affinity hemoglobin, an obscure mutation. It's not dangerous in itself & could "just be you.". ...Read more

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Can getting a bone marrow biopsy hurt?

Can getting a bone marrow biopsy hurt?

It will hurt: Even with a local anesthetic and some sedation, you can expect a fair amount of pain. Be brave and remember that it's being done to promote your improved health. ...Read more

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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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How can you make a bone marrow biopsy less painful?

Sedation: Light sedation can be used, in addition the soft tissues should be numbed to the periosteum, the outer layer of bone. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a bone-marrow biopsy used to treat?

To diagnose not to: Treat. Bone marrow biopsy is a diagnostic process for disorders of blood and sometimes bone and some cancers. It is not a treatment for any disease. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003934.htm. ...Read more

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Are there any medications I should take before a bone marrow biopsy?

Talk to your Doctor: This procedure is under the control of the doctor how perform it.Follow his instruction. ...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

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Should you drink the night before a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes.: Unless its being done under general anesthesia, you should eat and drink (including alcohol) as you would as part of your normal routine. If you are having a general anesthesia, you should take nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to the procedure. If you are on blood thinners, check with your prescribing doctor to see if its okay to stop these to avoid excessive bleeding at the biopsy site. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be completely sedated for a bone marrow biopsy?

Yes, if anesthesia: is provided by qualified/ dedicated personell. For many hospitals it means anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetists and it will depend on the scheduling, availability and logistics. For pediatric patients it should be the norm though ...Read more

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What is the purpose of collecting urine before a bone marrow biopsy?

What is the purpose of collecting urine before a bone marrow biopsy?

Ask your doc: Please ask your doctor this question. The number of conditions/diseases that can be tested for in the urine are quite numerous, ranging from everything from pregnancy to multiple myeloma proteins. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a bone marrow biopsy and aspiration?

Nothing...: They are literally one and the same... The aspiration is the procedure... And then the pathologist looks at the sample as a biopsy specimen. ...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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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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Can you tell me about a bone marrow biopsy from the chest and what is the experience like?

Outpatient procedure: A bone marrow biopsy, where a piece of bone marrow is removed cannot be done from the chest (sternum). It's too dangerous to do there. Instead, a bone marrow aspirate is done. The skin is cleaned, the area around the breast bone is anesthetized with local. A special needle is inserted into the bone. You will feel pressure from that. A syringe is used to draw blood. It might hurt briefly. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about having a bone marrow biopsy from the chest and what was your experience like?

When the bone: marrow is sampled from the breast bone only an aspiration can be performed. The bone in this area is not thick enough to perform a biopsy ...Read more

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Could you be put to sleep for a bone marrow biopsy ?

Could you be put to sleep for a bone marrow biopsy ?

Bone marraw biopsy: Bone marraw biopsy is somewhat uncomfortablel. But the risk of general anethesia is too high. Using local numb medicine will decrease the pain. ...Read more

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How long could a bone marrow biopsy be sore?

Just a few days: This may cause some soreness at the site and bruising, swelling and tenderness. Usually this will resolve in a couple of day. One could understand up to a week depending on health conditions, any difficulty with the procedure and any other risk factors. If you are concerned, get it checked out. Infection would be my biggest concern, then a large hematoma would be my next one. Use ice packs! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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