What is the role of bone marrow culture for the diagnosis of aplastic anemia?

Updated: Jan 29, 2021
  • Author: Sameer Bakhshi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Bone marrow culture may be useful in diagnosing mycobacterial and viral infections. However, the yield is generally low. Currently, alternative studies include polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay, but the value of this technique is unclear in this setting. Leukemia and metastatic cancers may also be diagnosed with bone marrow examination.


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