Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Bone marrow aspiration

Synonym(s): Bone marrow biopsy

Contributor(s): Prof Bernard Feldman

Introduction

  • To obtain a bone marrow sample as an aid to diagnosis.

Uses

  • Diagnosis of non-regenerative anemias Anemia: overview , leukemias Leukemia , any non-responsive cytopenia and pancytopenias.
  • Adjunct to the staging of neoplasms such as lymphoma Lymphoma.

Advantages

  • Not a difficult procedure.
  • Samples can be obtained from several sites: wing of ileum (described here), femur and the humeral head (best site for cats), or proximal tibia.

Disadvantages

  • One random sample could miss focal or multifocal disease.

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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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Conner G H, Gupta B N, Krehbiel J D (1971) A technique for bone marrow biopsy in the cat. JAVMA 158 (10), 1702-1705 PubMed.


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