What procedures are used to test bone marrow for diseases?

To test bone marrow for diseases, bone marrow can easily and very safely be taken from people for direct testing. Often diseases in the bone marrow can be diagnosed by history and a simple blood test called a CBC.

For a bone marrow aspirate, the doctor places a needle into the bone marrow and pulls out a small amount of bone marrow fluid with a syringe.

For a bone marrow biopsy, the doctor places a larger needle in the same place to get a small piece of bone marrow. It is removed and examined.

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