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Why would you do a bone marrow test.

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why would you do a bone marrow test.
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Hi regarding your question i want to share with you that bone marrow test is bascically

done to answer questions that a routine hematology examination of a blood sample does not answer (such as blood complete picture or perephral film). The most common indications (use ) for bone marrow analysis are a deficiency of cells from one, two or all three cell lines. Cytopenias (decrease in blood cells) suggest decreased bone marrow function so one should check for various bone marrow diseases. These would be a anemia, thrombocytopenia(decrease platelet count) and/or leukopenia(decrease white blood cell count). Additionally, leukemia (blood cancer) may be hidden in the marrow-blast cells may be numerous in the bone marrow but few or no blast cells are seen in the blood (aleukemic leukemia).As this young boy has high grade fever and possibly additional findings may be there on clinical examination so dr asked to do done marrow examination to rule out the possibilty of any bone marrow disease as i mentioned above,in addition to that chronic infections can be picked up from bone marrow examination,defeciency of vitamins,decrease iron stores and different disease diagnosis can be made on bone marrow examination.

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