Bone marrow biopsy
Hospital o serveis complementaris relacionats
What is for?
To see all stages of blood cell maturation, both for diagnosis and to assess the response to treatment in cases of neoplastic disease.
Also to rule out or confirm the presence of cells that should not normally be there
How does it work?
Puncture aspiration is carried out under local anaesthetic on an area of bone rich in precursor cells. This is usually the iliac crest (the back of the pelvis) or the sternum.
A sample of bone marrow blood from the iliac crests is extracted using an injection.
The test lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, the site of the puncture is compressed tightly for a few minutes and placed in a dressing that must be removed after 24 hours.
Remember that up to 24 hours after the test you will not be able to make any physical effort or carry any weight. After this period you can live normally again.
In case of pain or discomfort, painkillers can be taken.