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Bone Marrow Biopsy (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call the doctor if the patient notices signs of spreading redness, continued bleeding, fever, worsening pain, or if he or she has other concerns after this procedure.

Go to a hospital's emergency department if these conditions develop:

  • If bleeding will not stop with direct pressure
  • If the patient sees thick, pus-like discharge from the wound
  • If the patient has a persistent fever
  • If the patient feels lightheaded

Medically reviewed by Jay B. Zatzkin, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Medical Oncology


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