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Is Donating Bone Marrow 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 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
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
Yes, but: Yes, but it is something very important that you absolutely should do. You can be a hero and save a life. You will have soreness for several days to a week, but you should be able to function otherwise normally (work, etc.) ...Read more
It depends: If done by an experienced health care worker(doctor/nurse) the bone marrow biopsy can be tolerable(mild to moderate amount of pain). They use local anesthesia which controls 90% of the pain. So i would not worry too much about it and get it done. Just make sure that the person doing the biopsy has done more than 20 biopsies before and does them fairly frequently(>1 per month). ...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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