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How Is Your Bone Density Affected If You Have Donated Your Bone Marrow
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
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
How can I perform density separation of mononuclear cells from bone marrow by using ficoll hypaque?
That is: A good question, but maybe not appropriate for this forum. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Technically that is possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
See below: You have to be legal adult in order to give that up to someone else. ...Read more
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
Probably: Up to 2 or three.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 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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