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Why is a stem cell transplant dangerous for the elderly?

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Dr. Yuri Maricich
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Stem cell transplant: Stem cell transplants are very demanding on the body and multiple organ systems. The person undergoing transplant is immunosuppressed and high-risk of infections. The medications and process increase the risk for complications in other organ systems, risking their failure. While improvements are being made, most studies on outcomes in the past looked at people in their 6th decade or earlier.

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