Category Archives: Bone Marrow Biopsy (BMB)

BMB is a diagnostic procedure to gather blood and marrow from the back side of the hip bone.

Let’s Kick It Up a Notch (or more) — to Mayo Clinic

I had a Bone Marrow Biopsy done at Northside Hospital on January 24th. The bone marrow biopsy and aspiration report came back with some news:  lots more reticulan fibers and fibrosis “consistent with post-polycythemic myelofibrosis.”  The report didn’t look good from this patient’s perspective but I was pleased that I wouldn’t have to wait too long… Read More »

Yippee! It’s Time for Another BMB

I never thought I would look forward to getting another bone marrow biopsy & aspiration, but today I am eager for new information.  The first BMB was done in March, 2010.  It will be interesting to see how my busy bone marrow has changed in almost 3 years. Why a BMB Now?In 2012, the first few… Read More »

A Few Quick Thoughts from the 2011 MPN Patient Symposium

I just got back home from the whirlwind trip to New York City for the 6th International Patient MPN Symposium sponsored by the MPN Research Foundation and the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund.  The day was filled with fascinating speakers (several of whom were new to me) and each of them taught me something new.… Read More »

First Report from the BMB

The initial report from the Bone Marrow Biopsy seems to confirm most of what we already know about my condition, with a few more details and hundred dollar words. The summary diagnosis includes: The bone marrow core is hypercellular with estimated cellularity approaching 90 with trilineage hyperplasia. Blood shows leukocytosis and erythrocytosis. No significant increase… Read More »

Bone Marrow Biopsy in the Twilight

Talking with other people about the bone marrow biopsy experience brought back memories of women comparing childbirth stories. Everyone has their personal story, and thoughts on how it “should” go. There seems to be a continuum of preferences, from “all natural” to “wake me when it’s over.” Since I have a pretty high pain tolerance… Read More »

Bone Marrow Biopsy — take 1

My bone marrow biopsy is now scheduled for next Thursday at St. Joseph’s in Atlanta. From that we will learn how damaged the bone marrow is. It will be a good point and time reference. Hopefully, they will karyotype the chromosomes so we can learn more about the particulars of my disease process. It will… Read More »