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NCCN Guidelines for Patients


Mycosis Fungoides, Version 1.2016


Treatment planning

Bone and marrow test

Bone and marrow test

A bone marrow biopsy removes a sample of bone

and soft bone marrow. The samples will be sent to

a lab for testing. This test may be helpful if there are

unexplained blood results.

Often, this test is done on the back of the hip bone.

You will be injected with the same anesthetic used at

the dentist office and you may receive a light sedative

before the test. You may be asked to lie on your side

as shown in

Figure 2.2

or lie on your belly.

Your doctor will clean your skin then give local

anesthesia to numb the site. Once numb, a needle

will be inserted into your bone and rotated to remove

bone and soft marrow. This biopsy may cause some

bone pain and can bruise your skin for a few days.

Figure 2.2 Bone marrow biopsy

Doctors use a bone marrow biopsy to remove a

sample of bone and marrow for testing.

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