dreamstime_xxl_58620966It’s very likely that you’ve heard of a bone marrow biopsy before, but perhaps not bone marrow aspiration. While both involve the bone marrow, their purposes are quite different. At Greater Austin Regenerative Medicine & Wellness, we specialize in aspiration for stem cell therapy, but we want to make sure that every patient or person who contacts us understands the difference between a biopsy and aspiration. In this blog, we’ll cover some of the main points of each.

Bone Marrow Biopsy

First off, it’s important to understand what bone marrow is. Simply put, it’s the spongy tissue found inside some of your larger bones, such as the pelvis. A biopsy is performed by a doctor to check for blood and marrow diseases, including some forms of cancer, and can be a key indicator for fevers of unknown origin. During a biopsy, the doctor withdraws a sample of the solid portion of the marrow, whereas with aspiration, a fluid sample is taken.

Bone Marrow Aspiration

An aspiration can be done at the same time as a biopsy, and helps form a complete bone marrow exam that checks for disease, disorders, and other anomalies. At our stem cell clinic, we use aspiration to draw regenerative cells from the patient’s pelvis, which are then concentrated and injected back into the patient’s body at the site of injury, such as the shoulder or knee.

A biopsy and aspiration can be performed separately, but can also work together to form a complete picture of the health of your marrow. If you’d like to learn more about aspiration and how it benefits healing and regeneration, please contact us today.

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