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Bone Biopsy

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the biopsy or why the results may not be helpful include:

  • Not being able to lie still during the biopsy.
  • Having a condition that affects your immune system. This may increase your chance for an infection at the biopsy site.
  • Not getting a good sample of bone tissue. A good sample may be hard to get to with a needle.

What To Think About

During a bone biopsy, the doctor may also take a sample of bone marrow (bone marrow biopsy). A bone marrow biopsy is done to check for infection in the bone marrow or to see why the bone marrow may not be healthy or to check for certain kinds of cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. For more information, see the topic Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Last RevisedOctober 4, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: October 04, 2012
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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