A bone biopsy is a procedure in which a
small sample of bone is taken from the body and looked at under a microscope
for cancer, infection, or other bone disorders. It may take several days to get
the results because the bone sample needs to be specially prepared for
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The biopsy sample shows normal
Bone tissue may show signs of
infection, cancer, or another bone disorder (including
osteomyelitis, a bone cyst, or a noncancerous [benign] bone growth
osteoma). The bone tissue may also show
osteomalacia, which means the bones are
Most cancer of the bone
spreads (metastasizes) to the bone from another part of the body, such as the
prostate, or other organs. But bone cancer can also
start in the bone itself (such as osteosarcoma or Ewing's sarcoma).
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
October 4, 2012
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