Bone marrow Aspiration and biopsy is the removal of some
bone marrow tissue, which is then examined under the microscope to look for
abnormal cells, or may also be tested in other ways.
marrow is the tissue present inside long bones, and is responsible for
producing different types of blood cells. As it is present inside the bones the
surface area makes it one of the most widely distributed organs in the
human body. It
contains stem cells, the base for producing red blood cells, white blood cells,
platelets and other blood components.
bone marrow biopsy can determine whether an individualís bone marrow is healthy
and making normal amounts of blood cells. Therefore, it is used to diagnose and monitor blood and marrow diseases, including some
The pelvic bone
is the most common site for obtaining a bone marrow
biopsy sample. However, the sample can also be collected from the sternum
(breast bone) or the lower leg bone
Rarely complications like excessive bleeding,
infection, and increased pain at the site of biopsy can occur.