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Bone Biopsy: Open

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For an open bone biopsy, the doctor makes a cut (incision) through the skin to expose an area of the bone. General anesthesia or medicine to block feeling in the area where the cut is made (nerve block) is given to prevent pain. Then the doctor collects a small piece of bone that can be looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection, or another bone disorder.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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