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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

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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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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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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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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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

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