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.

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How can you make a bone marrow biopsy less painful?

Premedicate. Make sure to take a common mild short acting benzodiazepine such as Xanax (alprazolam) about 30 - 40 minutes before the procedure. Read more...
Sedation. Light sedation can be used, in addition the soft tissues should be numbed to the periosteum, the outer layer of bone. Read more...
Conscious sedation. Conscious sedation can be done (though not every clinic is set up for it) where you will be put completely asleep so you don't feel anything during the procedure. Read more...

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...

When do you need a bone marrow biopsy?

Blood disorders. A number of blood disorders like undiagnosed anemia, leukemia, high red cell count, low white cell or platelet count may warrant a bone marrow biopsy. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/bone-marrow-aspiration-and-biopsy. Read more...

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...

What is a bone marrow biopsy done for?

Blood disorders. To diagnose blood disorders, sometimes infections, malignancies. Also used for follow-up. Read more...
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...

When would a bone marrow biopsy be needed?

Blood disorder and. cancer. Evaluation of blood disorders and assessment of dissemination of cancer require bone marrow examination, but not necessarily a biopsy. For some issues bone marrow aspirate suffices. Read more...