Problems from a bone biopsy are rare. There is
a very small chance that the biopsy needle may break (fracture) the bone or
injure a nerve, blood vessel, or organ near the biopsy site. Surgery may be
needed to treat the problem.
There is a very small chance for a
skin infection or for the bone to become infected (osteomyelitis) or to not
heal well. In rare cases, the bone may become weak and break (fracture) at a
If you take a blood-thinning medicine (such as aspirin, clopidogrel, or warfarin) or if you
have a bleeding disorder, you may have more chance of bleeding from the biopsy
site. Also, some tumors or bone conditions can cause more bleeding after a
biopsy. Your doctor will talk to you about getting clotting factors before this
biopsy to lower your chance of bleeding.
After the biopsy
Call your doctor immediately if:
- The biopsy site continues to bleed.
- You have signs of infection. These signs may include:
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, or
warmth around the affected area.
- Red streaks spreading from the
- Drainage of pus from the area.
lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin.
- Fever or chills.
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
October 4, 2012
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