Bone marrow is a soft, spongy tissue inside the body, mainly in the bones, that produces various types of blood cells, e.g. red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen. It is an important organ that helps maintain overall normal body functioning.
The Bone Marrow for Bacterial Culture and Staining (Aerobic) Gram Stain Lab Test is a clinical test that checks for any bacteria that are present in the bone marrow tissue. The timely detection allows for early control of the bacteria that may cause mild or serious infections.
A sample of the bone marrow tissue is usually taken for the test with a fine needle. Please consult your doctor for further information.
- What are the risks associated with this test?
There are no significant risks associated with this test, except for mild redness, pain, and irritation at the injection site. However, if you experience any severe reactions, please contact your doctor immediately.
- Is the bone marrow tissue collection procedure painful?
Most patients who have undergone this procedure consider it to be fairly tolerable in terms of pain and discomfort. However, local or general anesthesia (temporary sleep and insensitivity to pain) may be used.
- Can I get serious infections in my bone marrow?
While some bacterial infections are mild and reasonably treatable, others may be serious and require aggressive antibiotic therapy. Therefore, it is best that you discuss your condition with your doctor and follow all instructions and necessary precautions.
- Can I survive without a bone marrow?
The bone marrow is a vital organ of the body that produces various types of blood cells, e.g. red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen. However, patients with severe diseases of the bone marrow can survive for a certain amount of time without it. While the low-risk patients usually survive for up to six years, the patients with high-risk mostly live up to 6 months only.
- Can a bone marrow grow back?
Several patients undergo bone marrow transplant and acquire some part of it from donors. If the procedure is successful, the bone marrow grows back within a few months.
- How long does it take to recover from Pericardial Effusion?
The recovery time is primarily dependent on the patient’s age and overall health. Most patients who undergo bone marrow transplant notice the signs of recovery within 2-6 weeks; however, others take may take longer. For effective and quick healing, please follow your doctor’s instructions.
The results may be positive or negative, depending on the type of bacteria present.
Positive: Meaning that you have an infection and require treatment.
Negative: Meaning you do not have an infection.
Some bacterial infections are mild, whilst others are serious and can have dire consequences. Getting tested is essential for the following reasons:
- Helps you and your doctor diagnose various infections and predict the outcomes
- Regular check-up
- Diagnose conditions before they progress and prove to be fatal
- Plan treatment and evaluate effectiveness of given therapy