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    Sternum - view of the outside (anterior)
   
Sternum - view of the outside (anterior)

During a sternal tap, a thin needle is inserted into the sternum (shown here) to withdraw bone marrow.


Review Date: 6/2/2010
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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