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Bone marrow is a soft, fatty tissue inside the bones where blood cells (red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells) are produced and developed. Bone marrow biopsies (collection of a small sample for examination) are used to evaluate blood disorders and diagnosis certain types of cancers. They can also be helpful in diagnosing fevers of unknown origins. A bone marrow biopsy can be an aspiration, a needle biopsy, or both....more »
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What is Bone Marrow Biopsy? A bone marrow biopsy is the removal of soft tissue from inside the bone. Bone marrow grows inside the bones in the body and produces clotting cells called platelets and red and white blood cells.
You will be given a local anesthetic at the site of the needle insertion and you may also receive a mild sedative. During the procedure, your doctor will make a small incision in your breastbone or the back side of your pelvic bone on either side of your lower back. From this incision, your doctor will insert a needle and will suction a sample of your bone marrow for further testing. The entire procedure usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes....more »
Who are candidates for Bone Marrow Biopsy? Bone marrow biopsies help detect specific diseases such as anemia or leukemia, a blood cell cancer. If you already have cancer, it may be done to monitor your response to cancer treatment.
There are very few risks associated with this procedure, although you may experience minor discomfort, bleeding, or infection at the site where the needle was inserted....more »
What are alternatives to Bone Marrow Biopsy? There are no alternative treatments for a bone marrow biopsy....more »
How do you prepare for Bone Marrow Biopsy? Inform the health care provider if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. The health care provider should also know if you are pregnant. You must sign a consent form. Other than that, no special preparation is necessary for this test....more »
What is the Bone Marrow Biopsy recovery process? The bone marrow biopsy may be done in your doctor's office or at the hospital. There is generally no recovery time. You may have some soreness and bruising for several days after the procedure....more »
What is the cost of Bone Marrow Biopsy? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
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Where can I find a Bone Marrow Biopsy doctor or surgeon? Bone Marrow Biopsy is typically performed by doctors specializing in Hematology. Nationally, there are 11244 practicing Hematologists. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Bone Marrow Biopsy doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
Bone Marrow Biopsy: The removal of a sample of tissue from the bone marrow with a needle for examination under a microscope.
Source: National Institute of Health
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