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Old Tue Mar 20, 2018, 10:05 AM
Mitchbre Mitchbre is offline
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First bone marrow biopsy

I had my first bone marrow biopsy done yesterday, I will not receive results for about a week. I just had a question. While doing the biopsy, the doctor was not able to extract any blood from my bone for a sample. Is this normal? I tried to locate what it could mean, but I'm not coming up with much information. I received a strong chemo type drug last April, and it has completely confused my immune system, that's why I was referred to a hemataligist, who after extensive blood work, told me I needed the biopsy. Thanks for any help.
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Old Sat Mar 24, 2018, 05:18 AM
lisa3112 lisa3112 is offline
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Hi, sorry you had to go through a biopsy. I've had a few, not for nearly 2 years now! When one of the doctors had trouble getting an aspiration from me, my White cells and red cells were lower than normal... But each individual is different.
I'm sure there is a better answer, but that was my experiece.
Hope your results are good!
Now 30yr old. Diagnosed AML dec 2015 (Most likely MDS prior). Trisomy 6. Runx1 mutation also. Had induction and consolidation chemo. Marrow failure ++ so SCT on 21st of March with MUD. Married with a 1yr old!
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Old Sat Mar 24, 2018, 07:07 PM
DanL DanL is offline
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The doctors had quite a bit of trouble getting bone marrow biopsies that were sufficiently good for proper readings a few times due to marrow fibrosis in my case.
MDS RCMD w/grade 2-3 fibrosis. Allo-MUD Feb 26, 2014. Relapsed August 2014. Free and clear of MDS since November 2014 after treatment with Vidaza and Rituxan. Experiencing autoimmune attack on CNS thought to be GVHD, some gut, skin and ocular cGVHD. Neuropathy over 80% of body.
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