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What To Expect After Bone Marrow Tests

After the bone marrow tests, a nurse will hold a bandage on the site where the needle was inserted until the bleeding stops. Then he or she will put a smaller bandage on the site.

Most people can go home the same day as the tests. If you received medicine to help you relax during the tests, you may need to arrange a ride home.

After 24 hours, you can take off the bandage. Call your doctor if you develop a fever, have a lot of pain, or see redness, swelling, or discharge at the site. These are signs of infection.

Expect mild discomfort for about a week. Your doctor may tell you to take an over-the-counter pain medicine.

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Last Updated: December 12, 2011