A bone biopsy is a test in which a small sample of bone is removed from the body and looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection, or other bone problems. A bone biopsy can be taken from any bone in the body.
The bone may be removed through a needle put through the skin into the bone or through a small cut in the skin. A numbing medicine (local anesthetic) is used to prevent pain during a biopsy.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine|
|Current as of||October 4, 2012|
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