Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy
What Affects the Test
You may not be able to have the test if you:
- Have bleeding problems or are taking blood thinners such as aspirin, heparin, or warfarin (Coumadin).
- Cannot be still during the procedure.
Sometimes not enough bone marrow fluid is collected in a bone marrow aspiration. This is called a dry tap. If this happens, a biopsy to obtain bone marrow tissue is usually done.
|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