Indications for bone marrow examinations in rheumatology

In this study, cytopenia or CBC abnormalities accompanied by elevated LDH values or anemia along with increased ESR were the most common indications for BM aspiration/biopsy. Further prospective studies are needed to determine the indications of BM aspiration/biopsy and establish the parameters that predict abnormal BM results in rheumatology practice.
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research

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