Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy
How To Prepare
You will be asked to sign a consent form. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about the need for the aspiration or biopsy, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results may mean. To help you understand the importance of the biopsy, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
Tell your doctor if you:
- Are taking any medicines.
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- Have any bleeding problems or take blood-thinners, such as aspirin, heparin, or warfarin (Coumadin).
- Are or might be pregnant.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after the biopsy because you may be given a medicine (Reference sedative Opens New Window) to help you relax.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 12, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology