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Is there something that can be done when the bone marrow isn't producing enough imature red blood cells and your hgb gets lower.?

Is there something that can be done when the bone marrow isn't producing enough imature red blood cells and your hgb gets lower.?

Yes, but we need: More information on why there is a production problem. Could be iron folate (folic acid) or B12 which would be treated with supplementation. If it is related to kidney problems then it would be treated with erythropoietin ...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


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We don't know what is causing me to have no bone marrow, no iron producing, and can't product red blood cells. Blood, iron iv don't work. What is this?

We don't know what is causing me to have no bone marrow, no iron producing, and can't product red blood cells. Blood, iron iv don't work. What is this?

Aplastic anemia: When this happens, it's usually possible to find the cause but treatment is often difficult and the prognosis guarded. It requires sub specialist consultation. I hope things turn out well ...Read more

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What might reduce the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow of the patient?

What might reduce the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow of the patient?

Multiple factors: Lack of iron is the commonest cause. Lack of folate and B12 vitamins also interferes with red cell production. Viral infections, e.g., parvo virus can shut down production. Bone marrow suppression from any cause, e.g., chemotherapy will do it too.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Hypoplastic anemaia, my 14 months old baby (male) has hypoplastic anemia, his bone marrow is producing less blood cells, please suggest me some sol?

Hypoplastic anemaia, my 14 months old baby (male) has hypoplastic anemia, his bone marrow is producing less blood cells, please suggest me some sol?

Steroids?: By hypoplastic anemia, I assume that you mean diamond-blackfan anemia. If not, then disregard my answer. Many patients with dba improve their red blood cell production with steroid treatment, and many of those that respond to steroids can be maintained on very low doses of steroids. For those patients that do not respond, chronic transfusion therapy is necessary to allow adequate hemoglobin values. ...Read more

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Does a bone marrow transplant change your blood cells?

Who is donor?: This depends--if it is an autologous transplant where a patient receives their own cells then the immune system and blood type are unchanged.
An allogeneic transplant comes from donor different than the patient. In this case the immune system changes. Also, if the donor has a different red cell type then the recipient's blood type will change too. ...Read more

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Can people have low white blood cells donate bone marrow?

Check: With your arrow bank about their qualifications ...Read more

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Is there a relationship between red blood cell production and bone marrow cancer?

Yes: The bone marrow is the factory of the blood - every blood cell begins life there. If the bone marrow is full of cancer, or weakened, there is not capacity or energy to produce enough red blood cells. ...Read more

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All childhood blood disorders that cause bone marrow to produce cells but slowly, low red cells white and platelets, B12 and iron are all in range?

All childhood blood disorders that cause bone marrow to produce cells but slowly, low red cells white and platelets, B12 and iron are all in range?

Many conditions: Pancytopenia, or decrease in rbc, wbc, and platelets can be genetic, like Fanconi anemia or Dyskeratosis congenital, that include other abnormalities. Acquired pancytopenia, besides low B12 and Folate, (folic acid) can be caused by a toxin, drugs, radiation, a viral infection, malnutrition and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). If a cause is not found, it is said to be idiopathic. I hope it resolves. ...Read more

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I have giant red blood cells they said marcotosis without anemia and now she wants to do bonemarrow biopsy she didn't say what kind of camcer she is l?

I have giant red blood cells they said marcotosis without anemia and now she wants to do bonemarrow biopsy she didn't say what kind of camcer she is l?

Not cancer: Hope you feel fine and not to worry. I suppose your doc or a person in the lab told you your CBC and blood have large red cells or macrocytes. If you do not have anemia, and there is No obvious nutritional, drug, metabolic, chemical Cause, your doctor wanted to see if there is some reason coming from your blood factory, your bone marrow. Ask your doctor for more explanations Say your concerns. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could yellow bone marrow convert to red with severe blood loss?

Can you tell me how could yellow bone marrow convert to red with severe blood loss?

Marrow hyperplasia: Loss of blood causes kidney to produce erythropoietin that makes the red bone marrow grow. If the signal is strong enough and long enough the red marrow can grow into areas of yellow marrow.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I had a bone marrow biopsy done today bc my Hgb is 7.8, my red and whit blood counts are both low. I am asymptomatic. Any idea?

I had a bone marrow biopsy done today bc my Hgb is 7.8, my red and whit blood counts are both low. I am asymptomatic. Any idea?

Anemia.: Is your platelet count low, too? There are myriad causes of anemia, but not all of them require a bone marrow biopsy to diagnose, so I'll assume you're pretty far down the diagnostic path. At this point, your best bet would be to wait for the biopsy results. Preliminary information doesn't take too long to come in. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was told I have overactive bone marrow due to very high white blood cell counts for a while what does this mean? And what's next to get done?

See hematologist: Overactive bone marrow is not a valid diagnosis. How high were your counts? It would be prudent to consult a hematologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your white blood cell count to fluxuate if you have multiple myloma (cancer of the bone marrow)?

Is it normal for your white blood cell count to fluxuate if you have multiple myloma (cancer of the bone marrow)?

Multiple Myeloma: Hi, White blood cell is low in Multiple Myeloma, now the count even in a normal person can vary from time to time but now the question is how wide of Fluctuation we are talking about and also are you on chemo medication?
If you are on chemotherapy then that could drops your white blood cell count significantly, you need to work with your Oncologist closely to monitor your count.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom in law bone marrow report says low grade unclassified b cell lymphoproliferative disorder what does it suggest is it a blood cancer?

My mom in law bone marrow report says low grade unclassified b cell lymphoproliferative disorder what does it suggest is it a blood cancer?

Yes, more w/u needed: Yes, low grade b cell lymphoproliferative disorder a.K.A lymphoma is a type of blood cancer. There are many types of b cell lymphoproliferative disorder from the low grade/less agressive to high grade/more agressive. Here, I think, more work up needs to be done- particularly to classify what type of lymphoproliferative disorder this is and also how much tumor burden and prognostication. D/w md. ...Read more

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Chronic high white blood cell count for 2 years, from 11k to 32k, have had many blood test, IV pic, bone marrow test, spinal tap, all negative?

Chronic high white blood cell count for 2 years, from 11k to 32k, have had many blood test, IV pic, bone marrow test, spinal tap, all negative?

Test: Iif there is other symptom related (unintentional weight loss, bleeding, abdominal pain etc). - consider to get imaging- ct scans. Also cancer screening- colonoscopy, papsmear, mammogram etc
if you smoke- please quit smoking. Also sometimes medication can increase WBC - although usually not more than 15k.
What is the WBC differential? ...Read more

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I'm on dialysis, kidney failure, live donor same blood type, expearment, trick kidney with stem cells and bone marrow, how would I go about it. Get apointmet?

I'm on dialysis, kidney failure, live donor same blood type, expearment, trick kidney with stem cells and bone marrow, how would I go about it. Get apointmet?

Check Internet: You should search online for info on centers engaged in this research. Can also visit: http://www. Nationalstemcellfoundation. Org/list-of-treatable-conditions/kidney-transplant/ which has link to research trials and can be a starting point to see which university/research centers are participating. ...Read more

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Stem cell apheresis for bone marrow transplant? How does this work and is it safe? I thought bone marrow stem cells were inside your bones, so how can you collect them from your blood? Also, can your body make more bone marrow without the stem cells?

Stem cell apheresis for bone marrow transplant? How does this work and is it safe? I thought bone marrow stem cells were inside your bones, so how can you collect them from your blood? Also, can your body make more bone marrow without the stem cells?

Most: Most bone marrow stem cells are inside you bones, some are floating around. When given a medication/natural substance called gcsf or Neupogen more stem cells are found in the peripheral blood. These can be removed by a machine that filters your blood. An IV is placed in two places, your blood is removed, filtered and returned. You are left with stem cells so you too continue to make blood. ...Read more

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Why would a Dr. Order a bone marrow test for a 9 month old with low white blood cell count and persistent high fever?

Why would a Dr. Order a bone marrow test for a 9 month old with low white blood cell count and persistent high fever?

Need more info: Is it just the white count, and is it always low? If so, I'd be worried about a defect in white cell production or increased white cell destruction. If it were the white count and red count, and/or platelet count, I would be worried that there was something in the bone marrow keeping it from working well, such as leukemia. I'd want more information. Has a blood slide been examined by a specialist? ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

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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