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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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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