Common Sites for Bone Marrow Biopsy
Posterior ileum is the most common site for bone marrow biopsy.
Common sites for bone marrow biopsy include-
- Pelvic bone (ileum) - This is the most common site and is easily accessible from the lower back, near the hip. Adults usually have a sample of bone marrow fluid taken from the back of the hip bone (posterior ileum).
- Anterior iliac crest- Bone marrow can also be taken from the front of the pelvic bone, near the groin. Obtaining a bone marrow sample from the back of the hipbone of an obese person may be difficult. In such cases it may be easier to use the front of the hipbone (anterior iliac crest) or the breast bone (sternum).
- Sternum- In some cases, the biopsy sample is obtained from the sternum, the center bone in the chest.
- Lower leg bone- Infants and young children may have samples taken from the front of the lower leg bone, just below the knee.