Last Updated on Sep 23, 2014

Indications for Bone Marrow Biopsy

A bone marrow aspiration and biopsy procedure is done to evaluate the bone marrow function and manage certain types of leukemia and anemia.

Bone marrow biopsy is done for-

  • Diagnosing the cause of abnormal types or numbers of red or white blood cells or platelets on a complete blood count (CBC).
  • Diagnose leukemia, certain infections and some types of anemia. These medical conditions are called -
  • chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Hodgkin and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • hairy cell leukemia
  • myeloproliferative disorders
  • myelodysplatic syndrome
  • and multiple myeloma
  • Diagnose tumors and evaluate of the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
  • Monitor treatment for certain types of blood disorders.

Bone marrow culture and sensitivity test is done to see-

  • If a bacterial, viral or fungal infection is present and to identify antibiotics that might be appropriate for treating the infection.


Ranganatha Thursday, March 18, 2010

Doctor has suggested "Bone Marrow test" for my wife due to Hb being less than 5.5 , Which is nearest place for me to take test from Sedam, Gulbarga, Karnataka. Where can I take this test ? How much time is required

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