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What is a bone biopsy for polycythemia vera?

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The results of a bone marrow biopsy can show your doctor if your bone marrow makes too many blood cells.

For this test, your doctor will take samples usually from the back of your hip bone. It's an outpatient procedure, which means you don't have to stay overnight in a hospital. You can get it done in a clinic, a hospital, or in your doctor's office. You lie down on a table and get a shot that will numb the area. Then your doctor uses a needle to remove a small amount of bone marrow.

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FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Cancer Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

MPN Research Foundation: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Polycythemia Vera."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Diagnosed?"

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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