Bone Marrow Biopsy (cont.)
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After the Procedure
If the patient receives sedative medication, he or she will continue to feel drowsy for a while. After the local anesthetic wears off over the next few hours, the patient may have some pain at the biopsy site. The doctor will advise the patient about pain medication use.
The patient should keep the bandage on for 24 to 48 hours, and then it should be removed.
The samples taken from the bone marrow will be sent to a laboratory and the pathologist for analysis. Several tests are done including looking at the bone marrow under a microscope. The results of these tests will usually be available in a few days. The doctor will give the patient instructions for follow-up.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/12/2014
Troy M. Falck, MD
Darilyn Campbell Falck, MD
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