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What are risks of bone marrow donation?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Bone Marrow Harvest: Bone marrow harvesting for donating bone marrow is performed under general anesthesia and subjects the donor to the same risks of general anesthesia. After the procedure, the donor could experience any of the following: blood loss anemia, pain at the hips, bleeding, infection, hematomas, low blood pressure, fatigue, etc. Majority of healthy donors recover quickly and can be fine within a few days.
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Stem cell collection: Some times stem cells for transplant can be collected from an IV in your arm. This process involves a medication, g-csf, which increases the stem cells. This medication can cause flu-like symptoms and bone pain. Then the cells are taken, similar to giving blood or platelets.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can they pay you for bone marrow donation?

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Possible: It depend to receiver condition ,so it is possible if you ask.
A 26-year-old male asked:

What are the pros and cons of bone marrow donation?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Saves lives: Pros far outweigh the cons. You can save lives and provide an amazing gift to a very sick person by this selfless act of kindness. Minor chance of infection, and can be a little painful.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can I do to prepare for the bone marrow donation procedure?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 51 years experience
Get familiar: You can gather all the information and get educated. Internet has plenty of information or you can go to any blood bank in a hospital and obtain literature about the procedure. There is a national marrow donor program(nmdp) which provides all the info you may need.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How much does a bone marrow donation hurt?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
A little.: The actually collection of blood stem cells uses a machine connected to the donor through a needle in a vein, and is much like donated blood and not painful. To get the stem cells into the blood stream, donors are given neupogen, a drug to force stem cells into the blood. That drug can cause bone aching for a few days.It feels much like body aching when you have the flu, if it occurs.

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