Bone Marrow Aspiration

The procedure done to collect a sample of the bone marrow, which is the soft tissue core of large bones, is called bone marrow aspiration. The sample is collected by inserting a hollow needle through the skin and into the bone. This procedure is done to diagnose conditions like anemia, blood cancer, hemochromatosis, infections like tuberculosis, and other bone marrow diseases.

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Can DPT vaccine cause neutropenia?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 15 years. He got his DTaP vaccine two weeks ago and had CBC 20 days later. All came well except neutrophil count, which came back as 800 and total WBC 2500. We are going to repeat the test tomorrow. Can the vaccine be the cause for the neutropenia? And if so, how long will it ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: I doubt the vaccine could be the cause of neutropenia (neutrophil count less than normal). Though it can take place in some case like Influenza virus vaccine, but with DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) have not been...  Read Full »

Can heavy menstrual bleeding cause anemia?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from anemia for over 12 years now. I am very sure that within this time frame, my hemoglobin level has never been higher than 10 g/dL. Recently, my hemoglobin was at 7.1 g/dL. I have seen many doctors and have informed them of a family history of a kidney disease, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prasad Eswaran

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you forward your hemoglobin electrophoresis report to me? For more information consult a hematologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/hematologist  Read Full »

What is an immunofixation test?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking this question on behalf of my dad, who is 60 years old, 5 feet 9 inches, and 173 lbs. He was recently diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease. He also recently received an abnormal result on a serum immunofixation test, which I know can be an indicator of multiple...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.As your dad has a chronic kidney disease, he is having nephropathy of the kidneys. We should look out for the cause. It could be high blood pressure or uncontrolled diabetes. He may require dialysis in the later stages.In chronic kidney diseases, active conversion of vi...  Read Full »

How to find the stage of multiple myeloma?

Query: Hi doctor, My 97 year old mother, who is in a nursing home, is more tired and feeling unwell. A blood test has shown she has likely got multiple myeloma. She had left-sided paralysis from a stroke six years ago. She cannot speak, and she is slow in understanding and writing, but she has no dementia...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your mother's condition. I have read all the test values that you have mentioned. From which, I can see that her total protein is high and albumin is low with elevated gamma globulin. Immunofixation electrophoresis is the best test to detect plasma ce...  Read Full »

What is the diagnostic feature in the blood of stage 4 leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you help me read the attached report of my friend's blood test? Please explain about her condition. I want to check if the patient is diagnosed with leukemia.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Here, in the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), some part of the peripheral smear examination report is not visible in leukocyte. Upload peripheral smear examination report, which is fully visible, so that I can comment on it. The leukocyt...  Read Full »

My 8-year-old son is diagnosed with a low platelet count. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My 8 year old son was diagnosed with a possible bone marrow failure during monitoring for low platelets when he was three years old. His biopsy showed areas of 20 % cellularity. Last year his counts were WBC 13.8, RBC 4.83, hemoglobin 13.5 g/dL, hematocrit 39.3, MCV 81.3, MCH 27.9, MC...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You had mentioned the history of bone marrow failure at three years of age, but the cause and workup done at that time are not mentioned here. Temporary viral infection like parvovirus can lead to temporary bone marrow suppression. In a child, if platelet count remains l...  Read Full »

How to treat multiple myeloma at home?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 54 years old. His weight is 62 kg, and his height is 168 cm. He was hospitalized last year because of lower back pain after sneezing. He was diagnosed to have lumbar strain versus HNP. He was again hospitalized three months back and was diagnosed with compression fracture...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In the attached report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), there is a spike in the gamma region. Monoclonal immunoglobulin has increased. So it seems to be multiple myeloma. His creatinine and calcium are also increased. So treatment needs to be...  Read Full »

What are the tests done to check blood cell levels?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old female. I have hypothyroidism and I am on Synthyroid. Overall, I am healthy. I exercise daily and do not smoke. I have a 15 month old toddler. Throughout my pregnancy, my blood work showed an elevated WBC, but they are under 15 k/mL. They just assumed it was due to bein...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: The high basophil count of 10% associated with immature granulocytes of 9.8% is a bit worrisome. The white blood cell count is unusually low for the above findings. As with the above, I expect to usually count on more than 10...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Query: Hello doctor, A 39 year old female patient is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is currently being treated at a hospital by an oncologist. I am attaching her reports. Please suggest a treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to hear about the patient's condition. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lymphoblast is an abnormal form and in leukemia, premature cells are seen in the blood in increased number. So, as the blast cells were p...  Read Full »

BMA for APL shows 3% on FISH RARA. Is it necessary to start chemo or ATRA again?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband was diagnosed with APL before six years. He underwent treatment by following the pethema protocol for APL. After consolidation phase, BMA revealed there is still 7% of PML Rara using fish rara test while negative on cytogenetics. His doctor proceeded to his maintenance phase ...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your husband's diagnosis. He is having acute promyelocytic leukemia cancer and it is considered among favorable outcome leukemia. After starting chemotherapy complete remission includes less than 5% blast in bone marrow aspirate, ANC more then 1...  Read Full »

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