Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Bone marrow: biopsy

Synonym(s): Bone marrow aspiration

Contributor(s): Graham Munroe

Introduction

  • Aspiration of bone marrow for cytological examination to characterize response in various disease entities.
  • Primary indications are anemia , persistent leukopenia , persistent thrombocytopenia   Thrombocytopenia: overview  and hemopoietic neoplasia .

Uses

  • Regenerative/non-regenerative anemia .
  • Myeloid neoplasia .
  • Lymphoid neoplasia .
  • Plasma cell myeloma .

Advantages

  • Simple and easy technique.
  • Allows definitive diagnosis of certain hemolymphatic system diseases.

Disadvantages

  • Some risk of complications if technique incorrectly applied.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Depends upon reason for biopsy.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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