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
- 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
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:
Handbook of Diagnostic Tests
(2003). 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Primary Medical Reviewer
||Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
||Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology
||October 21, 2010