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Sternum - view of the outside (anterior)

Sternum - view of the outside (anterior)

Overview

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

Review Date 4/2/2018

Updated by: Richard LoCicero, MD, private practice specializing in hematology and medical oncology, Longstreet Cancer Center, Gainesville, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.