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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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My sister has leukemia how many times could I donate bone marrow not just for her but if someone else in my family needs some.?

My sister has leukemia how many times could I donate bone marrow not just for her but if someone else in my family needs some.?

Theoretically yes.: Odds are that you will not match multiple members of your family. But you could give multiple times, to multiple family members theoretically. ...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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When you donate bone marrow do the holes in your bones close up?

Bone marrow donation: We collect the immature young stem cells from the donor's peripheral blood circulation with a special machine that is able to separate different type of cells. We do not collect the stem cells by performing serial/multiple bone marrow aspirations. No bone marrow biopsy is needed to be done so no holes in the bone. Discuss further with your doctor, . ...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?

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?

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?

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 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?

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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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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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 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

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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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Can you tell me the risks for a person to donate 'bone marrow' to a patient?

PB vs BM: Most (but not all) stem cells for allogeneic stem cell transplants are donated from the peripheral blood. The risks of the "collection" are similar to any blood product donation. There may be risks of the drugs used before collection including potential chemotherapy or growth factor drugs. That is more detail than 400 characters allows. A bone marrow harvest requires multiple bone marrow biopsies. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to donate bone marrow, but do they drug test you for that?

Yes: Of course. Drug use is extremely unhealthy. Why pass that on to someone who has a lowered immune status? ...Read more

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Please explain why people have to donate bone marrow when someone has leukemia?

Leukemia: Is part and parcel of the bone marrow. A transplant with healthy bone marrow has a good chance of eliminating the leukemia, and by definition provides non diseased stem cells. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about bone marrow donation; are there short/long term side effects?

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

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