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Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy


Picture of a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Bone marrow aspiration removes a small amount of bone marrow fluid through a needle put into a bone. Bone marrow biopsy removes a small amount of bone along with bone marrow fluid.

For this procedure, the person usually lies on his or her side.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerBrian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
Last RevisedNovember 12, 2010

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