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Does anyone know what they do when you give bone marrow?
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Well first in order to give bone marrow you must be a match to the one who is recieving the donation....The collection is done by putting the donor under a general anaesthetic, and using a series of needles to extract bone marrow directly from the large bones, usually the pelvis. This was a relatively simple procedure but still has the same risks as any procedure which uses a general anaesthetic. The donor would feel no pain during the procedure, but would usually experience moderate pain for a few days after. The second type of harvest is the Peripheral Blood Stem Cell harvest...The donor is seated comfortably in an easy chair. An IV is placed into each arm. Blood is drawn out of one arm, sent to the aphaeresis machine where the stem cells are separated, the the remaining blood is sent back into the IV in the other arm. With the second type there may not be enough stem cells in the blood to collect, sometimes they can use large doses of chemo to kill off white blood cells to send your body into overdrive to produce stem cells, the bones are not big enough to hold all of them, so therefor the rest are forced into your blood stream where doctors can collect them....They can also give you a type of medication that can help the stem cells mature quickly so that they may be harvested....Both ways are quite painless and quite easy for the donor to go through...I wish you the best in this...Whoever you are donating your blood marrow to will be very thankful that you helped save their life!!!! Good Luck in all that you do!!!!!
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