oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The efficacy of percutaneous bone marrow trephine biopsy in the diagnosis of diseases in Zimbabweans

Volume 33, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



This study presents the experience with bone marrow trephine biopsies performed on Zimbabweans who presented with diverse medical diseases. One hundred patients who satisfied a set of indications for bone marrow trephine biopsy between 1 July 1985 and 31 July 1987 were analysed. In 55 patients who on initial bone marrow aspiration had yielded a 'dry tap', trephine bone marrow biopsy provided the final diagnosis in all the 55 (100%) patients. It is concluded that bone marrow trephine biopsy is a useful diagnostic procedure and should be encouraged, particularly in hospitals in developing countries where the cost of expensive and elaborate diagnostic tools is a major financial constraint. However, the technique should not be indiscriminately performed.

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