Is a bone marrow biopsy scary?

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asked Aug 26, 2023 in Diseases Conditions by 2cupshakur (4,420 points)
Is a bone marrow biopsy scary?

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answered Oct 6, 2023 by Q766s (22,770 points)
A bone marrow biopsy is not scary as you'll be asleep and be unaware of the bone marrow biopsy.

There should be no pain during the bone marrow biopsy and it will not take long.

The blood tests that show bone marrow problems is a complete blood count or CBC test that looks at the levels of your red blood cells, white blood cells and the platelets.

When you have bone marrow problems the levels will be low and another test that can check for bone marrow problems or bone marrow cancer is a bone marrow biopsy.

Bone marrow problems can be caused by viral infections, immune disorders, radiation, chemicals, drugs, MDS, PNH and large granular lymphocytic leukemia.

The only way to know if you have a tumor in your bone marrow is to have tests done such as urine tests, biopsy tests and imaging tests such as CT scans, MRI scans PET scans and X Rays.

The warning signs of bone marrow cancer or a bone marrow tumor include easy bruising and bleeding, joint pain, bone pain, fever, frequent infections, unintentional weight loss, weakness and fatigue.

A bone marrow test or bone marrow biopsy takes 30 minutes and you should get the bone marrow test results back within 1 to 2 weeks.

A bone marrow biopsy is needed if your doctor notices an abnormal number of blood cells in a blood sample after a blood test.

The bone marrow biopsy can help your doctor diagnose cancer, blood disorders and causes of any unexplained fevers or infections.

You can make your bone marrow biopsy less painful by having sedation given along with the local anesthetic.

A bone biopsy is not very painful and the pain from a bone biopsy rates 3 on a 0 to 10 pain scale.

You will be given local anesthetic to numb the area so it should not be very painful at all.

A doctor would order a bone marrow test or bone marrow biopsy to monitor and diagnose blood and marrow diseases including certain cancers such as cancer of the blood or bone marrow or bone marrow diseases and fevers of unknown origin.

The pain level that is a bone marrow biopsy is a pain level of 3 on a 0 to 10 pain level scale.

The position that a bone marrow biopsy is in is the person will be placed in the lateral decubitus or prone position in order to facilitate the access to the posterior superior iliac spine.

The most common site for bone marrow biopsy in adults is the posterior iliac crest.

Getting the results of a bone biopsy takes around 2 to 3 days or sometimes 24 to 48 hours.

In some cases it may take as long as a week or 2 weeks to get other results from the bone biopsy if other analysis is needed.

You cannot drive yourself home after a bone marrow biopsy as the leg may still be numb and if you've been sedated you'll be drowsy for for awhile so should not drive.

You'll need to have someone drive you home after a bone marrow biopsy.

The pain after a bone marrow biopsy will usually last for 7 to 14 days and the bruise that you may have will last for around the same time.

A bone marrow test costs between $407.00 to $879.00 and if your doctor ordered the bone marrow test then your health insurance should pay for it.

A bone marrow test is 93.84% accurate so they are pretty accurate.

However on occasion bone marrow tests may come back with incorrect test results.

After the bone marrow test you will feel drowsy for at least 24 hours due to the sedation that is sometimes given and you will usually feel sore at the biopsy site for several days.

You might also have a bruise on the site which will go away within a week or two or sometimes sooner.

Recovery from a bone marrow biopsy takes around 24 hours and after that time you should feel better and get back to your normal activities.

However you may feel some tenderness for a week or more after your bone marrow exam.

A bone marrow biopsy is not scary and there's really nothing to worry about as you will have a numbing agent injected before the needle is inserted for the bone marrow biopsy so it shouldn't be painful but you might feel some stinging and slight discomfort.

The most common results of a bone marrow biopsy are.

The numbers and types of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets at all stages of development (to determine if there are adequate numbers)
Cellularity, meaning the number of blood cells relative to other components of bone marrow such as fat (this can vary at different ages)

A majority of the bone marrow biopsies turn out negative.

The length of time it takes to get results from a bone marrow test is between 24 to 48 hours for basic results.

In some cases if you're having genetic tests on the bone marrow samples these test results can take as long as a couple of weeks to get back.

You are not knocked out for bone marrow biopsy although you will be numbed before the bone marrow biopsy needle is inserted.

They don't put you to sleep for a bone marrow test unless you opt for being put to sleep but they do numb you for the bone marrow test.

They do numb you for a bone marrow biopsy so you won't feel much pain.

A bone marrow test is not overly painful as you will have a numbing agent injected first.

When the numbing agent is injected you will feel a sharp sting and then you may feel a brief dull pain when the bone marrow biopsy needle is inserted.

Also you may feel some discomfort inside the bone as that part cannot be numbed.

If the bone marrow test is positive it can be a sign that you have cancer or a blood or bone marrow disorder or you may also have anemia.

Your doctor will usually order other tests if the bone marrow tests positive and if you are testing positive for cancer of the bone marrow or blood then the doctor will want to start treatment for the cancer.

Cancers that are detected by bone marrow and bone marrow tests are myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia cancers.

A bone marrow test is used to diagnose and test for conditions such as cancer of the bone marrow, anemia and blood cell conditions such as polycythemia, pancytopenia, thrombocytosis, thrombocytopenia, keukocytosis and leukopenia.

A doctor would order a bone marrow test when they suspect you have cancer of the bone marrow and to examine the tissue and fluid in the bone marrow.

The bone marrow tests helps the doctor determine whether cancer or other disease is affecting your marrow or blood cells and to help the doctor determine the extent of the disease.

And even some changes to your blood cells can be detected in the marrow samples before they are able to be seen in blood samples.

After you have a bone marrow transplant you should ideally wait for at least 1 year before you go back to work.

Doctors usually suggest bone marrow transplant recipients to wait at least 1 year after the bone marrow transplant to go back to work until.

That's because it takes 9 to 12 months for your immune system to recover.

Some people may get their doctor's okay to go back to work sooner.

To fully recover from a bone marrow transplant it may take between 3 to 4 months although some people recover in 2 to 6 weeks.

After you've had a bone marrow transplant it takes between 6 to 12 months to know if the bone marrow transplant worked and was a success.

When the new stem cells multiply, they make more blood cells.

Then your blood counts will go back up. This is one way to know if a bone marrow transplant was a success.

You can in rare cases die from a bone marrow transplant.

Some people who have a bone marrow transplant die as a result of complications and experience reactions that can follow any medical procedure, including: shortness of breath. a drop in blood pressure.

A bone marrow transplant is both pretty safe for most people while also pretty dangerous for other people at the same time.

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