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Doctor insights on: Infections That Disqualify Bone Marrow Donation

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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

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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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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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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Could they pay you for bone marrow donation?

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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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

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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 does one differentiate between infection n malignancy in the bone marrow plasma cell percentage?

How does one differentiate between infection n malignancy in the bone marrow plasma cell percentage?

Monoclonal or not: Malignant plasma cells are monoclonal in that they are copies of each other and produce the same antibody. This antibody can be identified in urine or blood tests in malignancy. Increased plasma cells due to infection are polyclonal (not copies of each other) and produce non-identical antibodies. ...Read more

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When doctors check your bone marrow for infection do they look at it under a microscope?

When doctors check your bone marrow for infection do they look at it under a microscope?

Yes.: Work up of possible infection of bone, called osteomyelitis, can be done by looking at the bone marrow under the microscope to see if bacteria is there, placing bits of the marrow on agar plates to see if any bacteria can be cultured (grown), getting plain x-rays, getting a bone scan, and checking the blood for infection including doing asedimentation rate and c-reactive protein test. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more