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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.
Last Revised: October 21, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine & Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology
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