Iliac Crest Bone Marrow Aspiration and Grafting Site

Regen Center Glossary

UPDATED September 04, 2020 – The iliac crest is a prominent thick curved bone located in the upper border of the ilium near the pelvis. The iliac crest gets its name from it concave shape, that rounds inward, convex in back area and rounding outward. The iliac crest is that stretch of space posteriorly running from the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) towards the posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) which is a source for somatic stem cells.[1]


It is known to contain a huge supply of bone marrow, which accounts for its being an uncommon extraction site for protocols at the stem cell regeneration center of Thailand treatment center and are typically only used in rare cases that required previous transplantation of bone marrow stem cells.[2]


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Published Clinical Citations

  • [1] ^ Radcliff, Kristen, Raymond Hwang, Alan Hilibrand, Harvey E Smith, Jordan Gruskay, Jon D Lurie, Wenyan Zhao, Todd Albert, and James Weinstein. 2012. The effect of iliac crest autograft on the outcome of fusion in the setting of degenerative spondylolisthesis: a subgroup analysis of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial (SPORT). The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, no. 18 ( 19). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22878599

  • [2] ^ Kunakornsawat, Sombat, Arthithat Kirinpanu, Chaiwat Piyaskulkaew, and Vera Sathira-Angkura. 2013. A comparative study of radiographic results using HEALOS collagen-hydroxyapatite sponge with bone marrow aspiration versus local bone graft in the same patients undergoing posterolateral lumbar fusion. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet, no. 8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23991599