Have bleeding problems or
are taking blood thinners such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), or warfarin
Can't be still during the procedure.
Sometimes not enough bone marrow fluid is collected in a
bone marrow aspiration. This is called a dry tap. If this happens, a biopsy to
obtain bone marrow tissue is usually done.
What To Think About
If you have an infection, a
culture and sensitivity test of the bone marrow sample
can be done. If the infection is caused by a bacteria or fungus, the
sensitivity test will show which
antibiotics will work best to treat the
Normal bone marrow in one site does not mean that all
sites in the body are normal.
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.