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How is your bone density affected if you have donated your bone marrow?

How is your bone density affected if you have donated your bone marrow?

No effect: Bone marrow donation requires only a small amount of the center of the bone so that there is no clinical effect on the density. ...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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Can people affected with epstein-barr virus donate bone marrow?

Can people affected with epstein-barr virus donate bone marrow?

Not likely: If you have chronic ebv viremia, you should not be donating any blood products including bone marrow or stem cells since the viremia could be transmitted to the recipient. Remember, though, that most of us have had exposure to ebv at some point in their life and so have circulating antibodies and only a few of us have the chronic viremia. ...Read more

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How is bone marrow donated?

How is bone marrow donated?

Under gen anesthesia: Donating bone marrow for transplantation entails a procedure called bone marrow harvesting. The donor is placed under general anesthesia and turned over to lie on his/her belly to expose the hip bones on the back. Multiple aspirations of bone marrow are collected (average about 1 liter) at adjacent sites on the hip bone on both sides until a particular number of cells are reached. ...Read more

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Should I be nervous about donating bone marrow? I want to donate my bone marrow, but I'm nervous about the procedure. Will it be painful?

Should I be nervous about donating bone marrow? I want to donate my bone marrow, but I'm nervous about the procedure. Will it be painful?

Somewhat: The idea is much worse than the event--but yes, it is somewhat painful. One of my most powerful recollections from medical training was the pediatric unit at md anderson center. Many of the kids there had to undergo repeated bone marrow tests--with great courage. So know that if you decide to go ahead, you will do something wonderful. If you just can't I am sure you will find other ways to help! ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of bone marrow donation?

What are the pros and cons of bone marrow donation?

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

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How likely would I be matched to donate bone marrow?

How likely would I be matched to donate bone marrow?

Depends: On average, about 1 in 500 registry member will go on to donate bone marrow to a patient. Because of the variety in tissue types, it's difficult to predict an individual's chance of being able to donate. Http://bethematch. Org/ ...Read more

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What is the likelihood for me to donate bone marrow?

Probably: Unless you are underage, have hiv, or myelodysplastic disorders you can likely donate marrow. ...Read more

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Is it ok to donate bone marrow if u have diabetes?

Is it ok to donate bone marrow if u have diabetes?

If...: Your well controlled, no undue risk to you;

but md of the receiving patient must decide if it is ok from their point-of-view. ...Read more

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How often can I donate bone marrow?

How often can I donate bone marrow?

No set time: Donating bone marrow is different from donating blood or plasma, it is a surgical procedure, and you need to be matched to the recipient. ...Read more

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How often can I donate bone marrow?

3 months: Since bone marrow removed during donation is replenished by the body in 4-6 weeks, I would recommend 3 months as a reasonable interval, if you are in good health. Do discuss this with your physician and with your donor center, and thanks for considering bone marrow donation. ...Read more

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What are risks of bone marrow donation?

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 more

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Can they pay you for bone marrow donation?

Possible: It depend to receiver condition, so it is possible if you ask. ...Read more

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How much does a bone marrow donation hurt?

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

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How long does it take to donate bone marrow?

Not long.: The process of becoming a donor is lengthy and very time consuming. However, actually giving stem cells (or bone marrow) takes usually several hours. Marrow is collected in the or and takes 2-3 hours. Stem cells can also be taken from an IV like giving blood. But this may takes several hours. Thanks for considering marrow donation. ...Read more

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How old should you be to donate bone marrow?

Over 18 years: They prefer to take it from young adults up to the age of 45 years because the quality of stem cells is best in this age range. This can be extended up to 60 years among family members of the needy patient under special circumstances. ...Read more

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Could they pay you for bone marrow donation?

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

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Is it illegal to donate bone marrow under 18?

No: This would be the norm in a child with a brother or sister match. To be a volunteer donor you do need to be 18 years. ...Read more

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Could you still donate bone marrow if you smoke?

Yes: You do not have to be a nonsmoker to be a bone marrow donor. I would recommend quitting for many other reasons, but certainly still consider donating bone marrow even if you are still smoking. ...Read more

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What causes you to have to be 18 to donate bone marrow?

See below: You have to be legal adult in order to give that up to someone else. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you donate bone marrow?

Nothing bad: There is no harm in donating a bone marrow. You can save someone's life yet you do not have any harm from the procedure, other than some inconvenience as it does take time to get it done. Go help save someone's life! ...Read more

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Can they test you for drugs if you want to donate bone marrow?

No they do not: But they do check you and examine you to make sure that you are healthy and do not have any serious sickness, diseases or major health issues. ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for the bone marrow donation procedure?

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

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How do bone marrow transplants work. And would I be able to donate?

Yes you might be: You might be able to donate provided you are healthy and under the age of 45 years.
Bone marrow works by providing the stem cells which are the mother cells, capable of fornming new blood cells for the recipient. ...Read more

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How would I determine if I'm a match to donate bone marrow anonymously?

Awesome gesture!: That's a great and noble gesture! Go to your local hospital and ask to join up to the national bone marrow database. It should be a quick exam and test to collect data on you, you have the option of remaining anonymous. This is great and I hope more people follow your lead! If this helped, please vote or follow me, thanks and best of luck! ...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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Bone Density (Definition)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of ...Read more