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Bone Marrow Aspirate and Biopsy

Bone marrow is the spongy material found in the center of many bones in the body. The bone marrow is the substance that makes the different types of blood cells.

A bone marrow aspirate and biopsy is done to see if the blood cells in your child's body are being properly made.

Aspiration refers to the removal of fluid by suction.

A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of marrow tissue by a special biopsy needle.

Most of the time, this procedure is done under general anesthesia either in the clinic or in the operating room.

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Description of the Bone Marrow Aspirate

Bone Marrow Biopsy

After the Test

Last Updated: 12/2013