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Curious as to why can't recipients of bone marrow transplants be under anesthesia during the transplant?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessary

Recieving a bone marrow transplant is similar to a blood transfusion, and does not require sedation or anesthesia.
It is basically an intravenous infusion of the harvested cells, which is painless.

In brief: Not necessary

Recieving a bone marrow transplant is similar to a blood transfusion, and does not require sedation or anesthesia.
It is basically an intravenous infusion of the harvested cells, which is painless.
Dr. Scott Roethle
Dr. Scott Roethle
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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not needed

The infusion of bone marrow is done through an iv.
It is not injected directly into the bone marrow. As such it is not a painful procedure. The presence of an IV allows for the treatment of any side effects that might occur.

In brief: Not needed

The infusion of bone marrow is done through an iv.
It is not injected directly into the bone marrow. As such it is not a painful procedure. The presence of an IV allows for the treatment of any side effects that might occur.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Anesthesiology

In brief: Not necessary

Although possible, general anesthesia is not warranted in light of the risks involved.

In brief: Not necessary

Although possible, general anesthesia is not warranted in light of the risks involved.
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
Dr. Ernesto Pretto
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Not an option

Although the infusion of the cells for a bone marrow transplant takes a short time the whole transplant process and recovery takes a few weeks so anesthesia is not an option.

In brief: Not an option

Although the infusion of the cells for a bone marrow transplant takes a short time the whole transplant process and recovery takes a few weeks so anesthesia is not an option.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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