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What bone marrow tests might you get to help diagnose myelofibrosis?

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You'll likely get two bone marrow tests at the same time, in your doctor's office or in the hospital:

The numbers and types of cells in the marrow will help your doctor know if you have myelofibrosis and can also help rule out other bone marrow problems.

  • Bone marrow aspiration: The doctor uses a needle to remove a small sample of your bone marrow.
  • Bone marrow biopsy: With a different needle, your doctor removes a tiny piece of bone filled with marrow, likely from your hip.

From: How Is Myelofibrosis Diagnosed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myelofibrosis."

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Why the Health Care Provider Examines the Neck and Throat.”

Mayo Clinic: "Myelofibrosis: Tests and diagnosis."

Medscape: "Primary Myelofibrosis Workup."

MPN Research Foundation: "What Is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Myelofibrosis."

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Why the Health Care Provider Examines the Neck and Throat.”

Mayo Clinic: "Myelofibrosis: Tests and diagnosis."

Medscape: "Primary Myelofibrosis Workup."

MPN Research Foundation: "What Is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 26, 2017

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