Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy
- What is bone marrow?
- What is a bone marrow procedure?
- Why are bone marrows done?
- What bone is used to sample the bone marrow?
- How is a bone marrow performed?
- What is done with the bone marrow sample?
- What diseases are diagnosed by bone marrow examination?
- What are the risks of a bone marrow procedure?
What is bone marrow?
The soft material in the center of bones is the bone marrow. In some bones, the bone marrow consists only of fat. Other bones contain what is termed cellular marrow. The cellular marrow has different types of cells that give rise to red cells, white cells and platelets for our blood. The marrow may also contain abnormal cells, proteins, or inflammatory processed that are not normally present, such as cancer cells. Since the production of red cells requires iron, the marrow is one of the places in the body that normally stores a supply of iron.
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