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How do you treat a bk virus in a bone marrow transplant patient?

How do you treat a bk virus in a bone marrow transplant patient?

Adjust immune meds: We don't have much options when it comes to bk virus - it doesn't cause much robles except when it comes to transplants. The simplest solution most teams will consider attempting, is to adjust the medications used for immunosuppression - however, this will be weighed against the risk of the organ being rejected. Hope this explanation helps! ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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What is a bone marrow transplant?

See below: A bone marrow transplant is the replacement of blood forming elements. The transplant is actually done with peripheral blood stem cells, and infused like a blood transfusion. The need for a transplant is because the treatment for certain diseases requires high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy that will destroy one's marrow completely. This then requires replacement with another's marrow. ...Read more

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Can you die from a bone marrow transplant?

Yes: Depends on patient's condition , type of transplant, auto or allo, type of conditioning and subsequent complication. The simple answer is yes ppl can die but we don't do the procedure to let people die , we do it to save them. The question is what is the risk and what is the alternative. We know we can die of driving, but we take the risk. ...Read more

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What is involved in a bone marrow transplant?

What is involved in a bone marrow transplant?

Transplant: Also called as stem cell transplant involve stem cell collection from patient or donor, followed by high dose chemotherapy to wipe out marrow and then stem cell infusion back to patient. Finally bone marrow recovery and response to stem cell transplant. ...Read more

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Could I have a second bone marrow transplant?

Could I have a second bone marrow transplant?

Depends: What type of transplant did you have the first time? Myeloma -routinely cells are saved for 2 auto transplants If you need a second allo depends on disease and patient's condition and also on prior complications ...Read more

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What happens during a bone marrow transplant?

What happens during a bone marrow transplant?

Replace bone marrow: A bmt or stem cell transplant replaces a patient's bone marrow with that of someone else. There has to be treatment to supress the patient's own bone marrow and immune system to allow the new cells to take hold. The stem cells are given IV like a blood transfusion. The first 90 days are high risk, with low blood counts, infections & graft vs host disease the big issues. ...Read more

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What is it like to experience a bone marrow transplant?

What is it like to experience a bone marrow transplant?

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. Hair loss can occur and blood and platelet transfusions are typically needed. There are differences depending on whether a donor is used. ...Read more

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What is it like going through a bone marrow transplant?

Intense regimen...: Typically bone marrow transplants completely destroy (ablate) your marrow, usually using a combination of intense chemo and radiation. The new marrow is infused by iv, and you must wait in hospital for these cells to repopulate your marrow (engraftment). Possible complications include infection and graft versus host disease (gvhd). You will spend alot of time in hospital and have close follow-up. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you die from a bone marrow transplant?

Yes: Early transplant related deaths do occur. The incidence varies with the type of transplant, underlying disease and age of the patient. ...Read more

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What are the risks of bone marrow transplant?

What are the risks of bone marrow transplant?

There are many: The exact risks are dependent on the type of transplant chemotherapy or radiation given, who the donor is (self or somebody else) as well as how close the match is. There are some life threatening complications. There is a high infection risk, effects on the immune system and need for blood transfusions. Nausea, vomiting and fatigue are very common too. ...Read more

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Are you fertile after a bone marrow transplant?

Are you fertile after a bone marrow transplant?

Very likely: Bone marrow transplantation require total body irradiation and/ or high dose chemotherapy prior to the transplant. This will render the vast majority of women and men infertile due to damage to germ cells (eggs and sperm cells). Fertility preservation should be discussed prior to treatment. Options for men sperm freezing or testicular tissue freezing, or women egg/embryo or ovarian tissue freezing. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a blood and bone marrow transplant?

What are the benefits of a blood and bone marrow transplant?

Cure diseases: A bmt or stem cell transplant replaces a patient's bone marrow with that of someone else (allogeneic transplant) or by a patient's own marrow as a rescue from very high dose chemotherapy. With allogeneic transplant for cancers, the new bone marrow can attack and destroy cancer cells that it recognizes as bad, even though the patient's immune system failed to do that. ...Read more

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How unsafe is it for bone marrow transplant patients to smoke marajuana?

How unsafe is it for bone marrow transplant patients to smoke marajuana?

BMT smoker: I do not think pot smoking can affect bmt patient if tobacco is not much used. On the other hand, i would not use marijuana for anything. ...Read more

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How often does a bone marrow transplant not get rid of the leukemia?

How often does a bone marrow transplant not get rid of the leukemia?

Variable: The success rate of a transplant is dependent on many factors: the type of leukemia, some genetic factors about the leukemia, current remission status, prior therapies, type of transplant and other medical problems of the patient. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How can a bone marrow transplant affect a person with hodgkins lymphoma?

How can  a bone marrow transplant affect a person with hodgkins lymphoma?

It is potentially cu: Using bone marrow transplant to treat hodgkin disease is commonly done procedure and has high success rate. It is typically done in patients who do not achieve good results with first line of chemotherapy.It is a curative procedure in more than half of such patients. ...Read more

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How long after bone marrow transplant does a patient stay in the hospital?

Depends: It depends on things such as the type of transplant (autologous with the patient's own cells or allogeneic with a donor's cells), chemotherapy regimen used for the transplant, the patient's health status, and also the transplant center. At some centers a transplant can be done as an outpatient. For inpatient transplants the stay is generally 3-6 weeks. Discuss with your bmt physician. ...Read more

Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Bone Marrow Transplant (Definition)

This refers to using chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to treat patients and then replacing their bone marrow cells with their own stem cells (autologous transplant) or a donors stem cells (allogeneic transplant). Bone marrow transplant generally refers to using bone marrow cells but is often used when using stem cells collected ...Read more


Bone Marrow (Definition)

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, red blood cells are produced in the heads of long bones, in a process known as hematopoesis. On average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans; in an adult weighing 65 kilograms (140 lb), bone marrow accounts for approximately ...Read more