bone marrow biopsy

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A procedure in which a small sample of bone with bone marrow inside it is removed, usually from the hip 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 the bone and rotated to remove a sample of bone with the bone marrow inside it. This procedure may be done at the same time as a bone marrow aspiration. The reomved cells or tissues will be examined by a pathologist. The pathologist may study the tissue under a microscope or perfomr other tests on the cells or tissue. The pathologist will determine if the bone marrow is involved by or free of leukemia.