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Why are bone marrow biopsies or aspirations done?
Most bone marrow aspirations are performed to diagnose various conditions that affect the different types of blood cells. Abnormal blood counts can lead a doctor to suspect that there may be a problem in the bone marrow. Another frequent purpose of a bone marrow is to diagnose certain cancers or to determine the extent of a cancer (cancer staging) that is present within the bone marrow. Bone marrow procedures can also detect uncommon conditions, both cancerous and noncancerous, including abnormal proteins (such as in amyloidosis), inflammation (such as in sarcoidosis), and infection (such as in tuberculosis). This procedure can also be used to obtain marrow cells for transplantation.
Bone marrow biopsies remove a core of bone to allow physicians to evaluate the structure of the tissue with a microscope. These reveal both the bone and any associated cells, protein deposits, or inflammatory processes. A bone marrow aspirate is primarily a liquid sample that reveals the mixed cell population of cells within the marrow. An aspirate does not show the relationship of the cells to each other or to the bone, or the cells' precise location in relation to the bone. The procedures may be performed together, with an aspirate obtained prior to a biopsy.