Problems from a bone biopsy are rare. There is a very small chance that the biopsy needle may break (fracture) the bone or injure a nerve, blood vessel, or organ near the biopsy site. Surgery may be needed to treat the problem.
There is a very small chance for a skin infection or for the bone to become infected (osteomyelitis) or to not heal well. In rare cases, the bone may become weak and break (fracture) at a later time.
If you take a blood-thinning medicine (such as aspirin, clopidogrel, or warfarin) or if you have a bleeding disorder, you may have more chance of bleeding from the biopsy site. Also, some tumors or bone conditions can cause more bleeding after a biopsy. Your doctor will talk to you about getting clotting factors before this biopsy to lower your chance of bleeding.
After the biopsy
Call your doctor immediately if:
- The biopsy site continues to bleed.
- You have signs of infection. These signs may include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area.
- Red streaks spreading from the affected area.
- Drainage of pus from the area.
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin.
- Fever or chills.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine