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What is a Bone Marrow Biopsy?
Your healthcare provider has requested that you undergo a bone marrow biopsy. Your physician may have ordered this test because your blood work is abnormal, or they are monitoring a condition or effects of a treatment plan. The biopsy takes a small sample of your bone marrow, usually from the back of your pelvis.
How Should I Prepare?
You should not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to your procedure. You may take your medications as directed. Speak to your doctor if you need to adjust your insulin dosing. Prior to your procedure, you should make sure all medications and allergies are updated. If you are on a blood thinner you may be requested to stop that medication for a period of time. You will want to arrange for a ride home from a responsible adult should you require sedation.
How is the Procedure Performed?
The procedure will be performed by a qualified healthcare professional with specific training in Interventional Radiology. The procedure will be performed under CT-guidance. Intravenous medications may be given to make you more comfortable and relaxed. This is called conscious sedation.
The skin is cleaned and numbing medicine will be injected before the biopsy needle is inserted. The biopsy needle is attached to a drill, which you may hear during the procedure. The needle is then removed and a sterile dressing is applied.
What Should I Expect After the Procedure?
Following the procedure, you will be monitored for any complications. You may be asked to lie on your back for 1-2 hours after the procedure to prevent bleeding.