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Bone Biopsy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a bone biopsy?

A bone biopsy is a procedure to take a sample of bone tissue. It may be done with a needle or during surgery. A bone biopsy may be done to test for cancer, infection, or bone disease.

How do I prepare for a bone biopsy?

What will happen during a bone biopsy?

What will happen after a bone biopsy?

You will be monitored by healthcare providers until you are awake and your vital signs are stable. Your vital signs include your blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. You may need an x-ray to look for breaks in your bone. You may go home after your procedure or may need to spend the night in the hospital.

What are the risks of a bone biopsy?

You may bleed more than expected. Your bone may become infected or weak. Your bone may break during or after the procedure. The needle may break and cause nerve or blood vessel damage. You may have swelling and pain.

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