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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long is the pressure in the illiac crest after taking the stem cells for a bone marrow transplant?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Blood stem cells: Most of the time stem cells are taken from the blood so there is no need to take them from the iliac crest. When bone marrow is harvested there is moderate discomfort after the procedure for a few days.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can stem cells be used as a substitute for a bone marrow transplant?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
Let me clarify: Stem cells are the mother cells. For blood formation the stem cells reside in the bone marrow but they also circulate in the blood. In the old days we took the stem cells out of the bone marrow with needles. Now we can spin the blood(from a vein) and take th stem cells out and use them for transplants to make new blood. This is stricly for creating new blood cells. But each organ has its stem cell.
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