Search Results
Translate
Health Library Explorer
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

bone marrow aspiration

A procedure in which a small sample of bone marrow is removed, usually from the hip bone, breastbone, or thigh bone. A small area of skin and the surface of the bone underneath are numbed with an anesthetic. Then, a special wide needle is pushed into the bone. A sample of liquid bone marrow is removed with a syringe attached to the needle. The bone marrow is sent to a laboratory to be looked at under a microscope. This procedure may be done at the same time as a bone marrow biopsy.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 6/30/2011
Licensed PDQ® from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Contact Our Health Professionals
Follow Us
  • Summa Health System © 2013 | All Rights Reserved | 525 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44304 | (888) 905-6071