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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 5/29/2014

Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.