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A bone marrow biopsy is the removal of a sample of bone marrow. The sample is sent for testing. The procedure is most often done on the pelvic bone, but it may also be done on the sternum.
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A bone marrow biopsy may be done to:
- Evaluate unexplained low red blood cell count ( anemia ), low white cell count (leucopenia), or low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
- Diagnosis and staging of lymphoma (tumors of the lymphoid tissues) or solid tumors
- Diagnosis, monitoring and evaluation of leukemias
- Evaluate iron level problems
- Investigate unexplained spleen enlargement (splenomegaly)
- Evaluate other blood disorders
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:
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...