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What are the risks and benefits of bone marrow transplants?

What are the risks and benefits of bone marrow transplants?

Life saving.: Benefit is not dying from the disease being treated with transplant. Risks are death from infection, or organ damage from treatment. Later on, risk is graft vs host disease (gvhd) where the new immune system attacks the recipient. Common sites are skin, mucus membranes, GI tract, liver. Infection also more likely with gvhd. Drugs can damage joints, esp. Hips and shoulders. Varies how severe. ...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 are the risks for donors and how is bone marrow collected?

What are the risks for donors and how is bone marrow collected?

Infection and pain: This is a relatively safe procedure but the marrow is harvested by taking a small amount from your hip bone. You lie on your stomach, the skin' muscle overlying the hip bone is anesthetized and cleaned. A needle is then inserted into the bone and gently rotated until it is deep enough to get to the marrow. A small amount is drawn out and the needle is removed. It is an outpatient procedure. ...Read more

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What are the risks of bone marrow transplant?

What are the risks of bone marrow transplant?

There are many: The exact risks are dependent on the type of transplant chemotherapy or radiation given, who the donor is (self or somebody else) as well as how close the match is. There are some life threatening complications. There is a high infection risk, effects on the immune system and need for blood transfusions. Nausea, vomiting and fatigue are very common too. ...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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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

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

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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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?

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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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

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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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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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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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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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How do bone marrow transplants work. And would i be able to donate?

Yes you might be: You might be able to donate provided you are healthy and under the age of 45 years.
Bone marrow works by providing the stem cells which are the mother cells, capable of fornming new blood cells for the recipient. ...Read more

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How is your bone density affected if you have donated your bone marrow?

No effect: Bone marrow donation requires only a small amount of the center of the bone so that there is no clinical effect on the density. ...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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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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Why can't people with sjogren's donate organs, blood or bone marrow?

Why can't people with sjogren's donate organs, blood or bone marrow?

Autoimmune disease: Sjogren's is one of many autoimmune diseases. Organ donation would be very ill-advised since the likelihood that multiple organs are involved with autoimmune disorders is great. They also travel in clusters; for instance, where you have one autoimmune disorder, you are more likely to have another. While it's always awesome to want to donate organs and blood, donating disease is way less awesome :). ...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

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