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Is transiliac bone biopsy a painful procedure?
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PMID:  22257539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Despite an increased availability of non-invasive procedures to assess bone mass, histological examination of undecalcified transiliac bone biopsies remains a very valuable tool in the diagnosis of metabolic or malignant bone disorders. Nonetheless, clinicians are sometimes reluctant to perform this "invasive" examination, arguing that it might be a painful procedure. The aim of our study was to evaluate pain and anxiety described by patients in the months following the biopsy and to characterize potential early or late side effects. A single interviewer conducted a phone survey (19 items questionnaire) in 117 patients in whom a bone biopsy had been performed by two experienced physicians, with the same material and similar anesthetic and technical procedure. The topics covered pain during or after the biopsy, anxiety, comparison of other potentially painful procedures, early or late side effects as well as global evaluation by the patients. Bone biopsy was judged as non-painful by almost 70% of patients; some discomfort was present in 25% in the following days. The procedure was described as similar as or less painful than bone marrow aspiration, venipuncture or tooth extraction. About 90% of the patients estimated that it was a quite bearable diagnostic procedure. Side effects were not serious. About 7% remembered a vasovagal episode, 47% of local bruising in the following days. There was no report of hematoma or infection. In experienced hands and adapted trephine, transiliac bone biopsy is a safe procedure that brings invaluable information in bone disorders.
Maurice Audran; Emilie Maury; Béatrice Bouvard; Erick Legrand; Michel Felix Baslé; Daniel Chappard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nephrology     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0301-0430     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Nephrol.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364441     Medline TA:  Clin Nephrol     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  97-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Bone Diseases, University Hospital, and INSERM, U-LHEA "Remodelage Osseux et Biomatériaux" IRIS-IBS CHU d'Angers, Angers Cédex, France.
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