BONE MARROW EXAMINATION
Why to get tested?
To evaluate the number and appearance of blood cell precursors in the bone marrow; to evaluate the structure and adequacy of the blood cell-producing marrow; to help investigate or diagnose a disease or condition affecting the bone marrow or blood cell production
When to get tested?
When you are anemic without an obvious cause; when you have or are suspected of having a blood-related disorder or cancer that may be affecting blood cell production; sometimes when a health practitioner is investigating a fever of unknown origin, especially when you have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised)
What sample needed?
A bone marrow sample collected primarily from the hip bone (pelvis); sometimes collected from the sternum in adults or the tibia (shin bone) in infants
What preparation I need before test?