Bone Marrow Donor Match

Bone Marrow Donor Match
Bone Marrow Donor Match

If a volunteer is initially found to be compatible with a patient and still wishes to donate, additional compatibility tests are performed and then checked up to confirm that he or she is in good health.

At all stages of the process until the final consent , the volunteer can revoke his or her decision to donate if he or she feels that he or she is not ready for it.

However, it is extremely important that the donor be aware and fully confident of his or her decision. People who have doubts or sign up under emotional or other pressure, without being sure if they really want to move on, need to understand that they are giving patients false hope.

The transplant is taken from the donor to the nearest Transplant Center in his area and transferred to the center where the recipient will be transplanted.

If peripheral blood cells are used, then the donor is given special "growth" factors that result in an increase in progenitor hematopoietic cells and a few days later the cells are taken in a manner similar to that of blood donation (cell removal). This method is the most common, it is painless and harmless.

In rare cases, if the source of the progenitor hematopoietic cells that will be used for a patient is the bone marrow, then they are taken in the surgery by hematologists, by puncturing the pelvic bones, under general or dorsal anesthesia.

The amount of marrow collected is about 5% of the donor's total marrow and regenerates quickly, without affecting its general condition. The donor returns home the day after the shot and the only symptom is a slight pain at the puncture site.

The donor chooses the method of donation. In rare cases (insufficient implant implantation), he may be asked to take an extra amount of cells (marrow or peripheral blood) for the same patient.

A few months after the donation, the donor can, if he wishes, return to the file of volunteers

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