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Bone Marrow Biopsy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by ritasharma, FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding

Some risk factors for complications during this procedure include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Infection of the skin at the biopsy site
  • Infection in the bloodstream
  • Previous radiation treatment to the biopsy site
  • Severe osteoporosis

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the biopsy site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms

In case of an emergency, call 911.

Call Your Doctor if...

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the biopsy site
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms

In case of an emergency, call 911.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding

Some risk factors for complications during this procedure include:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Infection of the skin at the biopsy site
  • Infection in the bloodstream
  • Previous radiation treatment to the biopsy site
  • Severe osteoporosis
 
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ftk53
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Posted 3 years ago

Where can I find the article... Bone Marrow Biopsy Side Effects and Warnings.

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ftk53
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Posted 3 years ago

Sounds too risky for diabetics, people with weakened immune systems and elderly people especially. What is the recovery time for people who get infection at the site of the extraction?

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thatguymark 2 years ago

That is THE question to ask, thank you for posting it. Frankly people are overly caught up in personal opinion and do not seem to have any understanding of the fact that medical science, be it mainstream or alternative is based on DATA rather than personal feelings based on reading tidbits here and there. Perhaps what is even more unfortunate than the lack of data in such articles is the lack of understanding or appreciation of the need for data in this typical thinking process.

Posted 3 years ago

You're right that this sounds risky - it is a surgical procedure, and surgical procedures should never be pursued lightly. They should be reserved as a last (if ever) resort to helping/diagnosing an issue. There are so many other treatment options that are less invasive!

I am not an expert so can't comment on what the recovery time is for people who get infections at the site of the extraction, but who would want to go through that for any amount of time!

There are other treatment options for people with diabetes on this site, if that's what you're looking for. Just search "diabetes" and you can find our diabetes treatment page, which shows other herbal, dietary, bodily, mind and spirit-based treatments in addition to medications and surgeries!

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thatguymark 2 years ago

You admit you're not an expert and yet you have a laundry list of stereotypical alternative suggestions - is this really useful information? For the record I have actually been interested in alternative therapies for some 20 years, but my view has matured over that time. While nobody is going to ignore risk you are only focusing on fear when you focus on buzz words like "invasive" without any objective information, like an actual statistic on how often such complications occur. Such a forum eventually becomes a bunch of largely uninformed opinions without concrete information that people can use to make an informed decision. A philosophical paradigm mixed with thinly veiled fear and aversion is not a solution for any health condition, and really shows how far one has to go when it comes to mental or spiritual considerations.

Posted 2 years ago

Frankly, there is no alternative to a bone marrow biopsy if a bone marrow disease is suspected. The chance of getting an infection are very slim, probably no more so than when getting a flu shot or blood draw for a blood test.

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thatguymark 2 years ago

With all due respect, what is that "probably" based on? It would help to have some form of reference or a statistic, after all that is not going to be made up based on a subjective feeling of an individual on the internet that we don't know. If you are a medical professional or otherwise qualify as someone more informed than the average individual it would help to have that information here so people know how to assess the information. It simply makes no sense to publish the info as-is given the combination of anonymity and vagueness of such a comment. Perhaps such articles published in the first place should include a statistic in the first place rather than just a simple word like "rare."

irasema101058 a year ago

I have a sister that has breast cancer and it is also in the left hip area, we were shocked when we first found out because we don't know of anybody in our family who carried it. We recently found out that one of our ancestors had it. Anyway, this bone marrow biopsy was offered to her and we were skeptical about it because she had just recently had a pet scan which scans the whole body and we already know that she has stage 4 cancer, so why not just leave it alone? When we first found out, they gave her radiation, but her immune system was so low that it burned her inner thighs. She is taking chemo pills and radiation pills were just recently prescribed. So she decided to do the bone marrow biopsy, why not? let's see what happens! It was very painful but she is a strong woman. Well she is diabetic and the wound is healing very well. If you have faith in God, it makes a whole lot of difference, I know people say, "well why me?" if God is soo good! but everybody goes through trials and we all get blessings one way or another. Anyway, try "JESUS" if He doesn't heal us completely, He comforts us and we know that He is preparing a place for us, we are just passing through this life right now and from what I understand and what I am taught at church, there is no place like being with The Lord. "I can only imagine" google this song and it will blow you away! Hang in there!

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