During a bone marrow biopsy, a sample of bone marrow (fatty tissue in the bones where white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are produced) is removed. This can be performed with aspiration, a needle biopsy, or both. The incision is made in the breastbone or in the backside of the pelvic bone, on either side of the back.
Also Known As:
- Bone marrow procedure
- Cancer surgery
- Cancer testing
Conditions Treated with a Bone Marrow Biopsy:
A bone marrow biopsy is performed in order to evaluate blood disorders and diagnose fevers of unknown origins, as well as certain types of cancers.