Why would a child need a bone marrow biopsy?

A child may need a bone marrow biopsy to test for conditions such as leukemia, tumors, immune deficiencies or other diseases in which the bone marrow is not functioning properly. It is important to be able to look at the bone marrow under the microscope to examine what’s growing.

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Your child may need a bone marrow biopsy if your doctor needs different information than what can be found through blood tests. Looking at the bone marrow can help your doctor diagnose different diseases. Your doctor can also find out how far a disease has progressed and how effective treatments have been.

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