bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Pronunciation: (bone MAYR-oh AS-pih-RAY-shun ... BY-op-see)

A procedure in which a small sample of bone marrow (soft, sponge-like tissue in the center of most bones) and bone is removed. 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 syringe is then removed and the needle is rotated to remove a sample of the bone and the bone marrow. Both the bone marrow and bone samples are sent to a laboratory to be looked at under a microscope.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. After a small area of skin is numbed, a bone marrow needle is inserted into the patient’s hip bone. Samples of blood, bone, and bone marrow are removed for examination under a microscope.Aspiración de la médula ósea y biopsia. Después de adormecer un área pequeña de la piel, se inserta una aguja para médula ósea en el hueso de la cadera del paciente. Se extraen muestras de sangre, hueso y médula ósea para examinarlas bajo un microscopio. 2010-03-30 Date last modified: 2010-07-07