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Are bone marrow transplants painful?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Side effects: There are many effects which can be unpleasant like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea amd mouth sores. Depending on how the transplant is done the mouth sores can be severe and painful. There can be abdominal pain or bone pain in some patients.
Dr. Matthew Fero
Medical Oncology 31 years experience
Like a transfusion: Bone marrow transplantation is a long drawn out process. The marrow (or blood stem cells) is actually just infused IV like a blood transfusion. That's the easy part. Often high dose chemotherapy or radiation is given ahead of time. If the marrow comes from someone else then long courses of immune suppressive treatments are needed to control an inflammatory reaction called graft vs host disease.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it painful to give bone marrow?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It can be: If bone marrow is collected the standard way by retrieving it directly from a bone, it can be painful due to pressure when the needle is inserted into the bone. If the cells are collected from the blood, it can be mildly painful after you get the medication to mobilize the marrow cells from within the bone to the blood circulation. The method used depends on the situation at hand.

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