• What does it mean to get “dry taps” after a bone biopsy?

    Asked by downbutnotout on Thursday, April 11, 2013

    What does it mean to get “dry taps” after a bone biopsy?

    If they are talking about drilling the bone, it doesn't sound good. My hip was sore for a while after the last one.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs, bone marrow biopsy are the worst. I had one a month ago. My marrow was mushy, so the hematologist had to keep going back for more to have enough of a sample to test. I was sore for a week afterwards. One thing I learned after the fact, that it is a good idea to take to Tylenol Extra strength or percocet about an hour before, it helps mitigate the pain during the procedure.

      To get the marrow and a marrow blood sample they need to drill through the bone which is covering and protecting the marrow.

      over 7 years ago
    • Therose's Avatar

      I just had a bone marrow biopsy myself it is the worst. You are exactly right strong oral meds an hour before is what got me through the procedure. The numbing of area just is not enough. I had Tylenol extra strength to use for when local shot wore off. Right again it take about a week to really stop hurting. plus you are not to get in bath or pool during that first week either. I take an additional week and shower for two weeks to be sure. The soreness in the hip last a while I try to sit carefully until it stops.

      over 7 years ago

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