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For an open bone biopsy, the doctor makes a cut (incision) through the skin to expose an area of the bone. General anesthesia or medicine to block feeling in the area where the cut is made (nerve block) is given to prevent pain. Then the doctor collects a small piece of bone that can be looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection, or another bone disorder.
Current as ofJune 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Current as of:
June 25, 2018
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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