Bone Marrow Biopsy Adds Little to PET/CT Staging of Hodgkin’s

November 15, 2012

For patients with treatment-naive Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) staged using [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), routine bone marrow biopsy (BMB) has little or no therapeutic consequence, according to research published online Nov. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Tarec Chistoffer El-Galaly, M.D., of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study involving 454 patients with newly diagnosed HL to determine whether BMB adds useful information to PET/CT staging.