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In the center of your bones, is the spongy, life-sustaining substance called your bone marrow. The bone marrow makes red blood cells. If your doctor thinks something might be affecting blood cell production, you may need a bone marrow biopsy.
This test will reveal if you have:
- Abnormal number of blood cells (white, red, platelets)
- Bleeding or clotting disorder
- Low iron
- Possible cancer diagnosis
- Need an adjustment to cancer treatment
Bone marrow biopsies are done with a small needle inserted into the bone. You'll be glad to know the test doesn't take long. Your doctor will also talk through sedation options, like an IV to minimize your awareness. While you may experience soreness for a few days afterward, not all over-the-counter pain medicine is safe after this test. Your doctor can tell you what is best.