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July 1977

Bone Marrow NecrosisDiagnosis and Assessment of Extent of Involvement by Radioisotope Studies

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(7):863-866. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630190031010

In two patients with extensive marrow necrosis, the diagnosis of marrow necrosis was established by morphologic and radioisotopic studies, and the extent of involvement was accurately assessed by marrow scanning with technetium Tc 99m sulfur colloid while the patients were still alive. The literature on marrow necrosis was briefly reviewed and the clinical features of this condition were characterized. It was found that patients with this condition often have malignancies, underlying marrow disorders, sepsis, bone pain, and pancytopenia. Their marrow is often difficult to aspirate and they may require frequent transfusions to maintain a stable hemoglobin level. Radioisotopic studies are useful in the diagnosis and assessment of extent of involvement of this condition. They should be used in patients with clinical findings suggestive of marrow necrosis.

(Arch Intern Med 137:863-866, 1977)