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Bone Marrow Diseases Organ Donation Programs
Good question: Great question. Difficult to describe in 400 characters. Here is a great explanation: http://goo.Gl/rpdpp. ...Read more
Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more
Bone marrow disease: The symptoms are related to the abnormality of the bone marrow function -i.e. Decrease production of the blood cell counts-or increase level of blood cells counts if something supresses bone marrow function-anemia, decrease WBC and platelet can happen. -symptoms will include fatigue, infection, fever, bleeding. If the cell count is too much-clots, fatigue, feeling sluggish can happen. ...Read more
It varies greatly: Bone marrow has lots of reserve, so it can be partly diseased, yet the body has no effect. But once the bone marrow is completely diseased or damaged, then the body will have all kinds of effects in the form of anemia(low hemoglobin), low WBC and low platelet counts and the complications of infections and bleeding as a result of low blood counts. ...Read more
No.: The very definition of a disease is that it is a condition which adversely affects health. So if you really have a disease in the marrow it's likely to make you feel sick sooner or later. ...Read more
Not clear?: Please be more exact in asking what you want to know. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Like giving blood: BM donors are given a drug to make bone marrow stem cells move into the bloodstream. That can cause bone aches for a few days. The cells are collected through a needle inserted into a vein. That site can be sore and you might be a little tired after donating. There are no long term side effects. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
No.: If you volunteer for the bone marrow registry you agree to donate for free. It is illegal to charge for transplanted organs or tissues, other than the costs involved in collecting the tissue. You can be paid by a company that wants marrow for a non-transplant reason like research or other commercial purpose. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I'm waiting to be a bone marrow donor, but have enlarged lymph nodes, will this hinder my ,donation?
Evaluation: You should be evaluated for cause of large lymph nodes and if is benign you are ok for donation. ...Read more
Is it possible for transplant organ rejection to be treated with bone marrow or stem cells from the donor?
A research question: No one knows! Theoretically if one can isolate particular immune cells from the donor that can help make the recipient tolerant to the donor's tissues, this kind of transplant may help. However, the vast majority of solid organ transplants have cadavers as donors and thus, it may be difficult to obtain stem cells from the original donor! ...Read more
What is the prognosis for someone whose cold agglutin disease is suspected to have been caused by a virus, with negative for lymphoma bone marrow test?
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
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
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