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Biopsy: bone

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Introduction

  • Surgical biopsy to obtain samples of bone for diagnostic histopathology or culture and sensitivity studies.

Uses

  • In the investigation of bone diseases or radiological abnormalities where the underlying etiology is uncertain.
  • To determine suitable antibiotic choice in osteomyelitis .

Advantages

  • Good quality samples should permit accurate histological diagnosis and therefore provide valuable information on prognosis and rational treatment options.
  • Culture of infected bone should provide a reliable guide as to the pathogens involved in osteomyelitis .

Disadvantages

  • May be difficult to obtain diagnostic sample by percutaneous biopsy.
  • Fracture at the biopsy site occasionally occurs if a large sample is removed from already weakened bone.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Depends of the nature of the lesion.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Powers B E, LaRue S M, Withrow S J et al (1988) Jamshidi needle biopsy for diagnosis of bone lesions in small animals. JAVMA 193 (2), 205-10 PubMed.

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