Stem cell transplant is the replacement of damaged bone marrow
cells with healthy cells (stem cells). Stem cells are immature cells produced
in the bone marrow that make more stem cells, red blood cells, white blood
cells, and platelets.
Stem cells used for transplants can be taken from bone marrow, from the bloodstream, or from umbilical cord blood.
Stem cell transplant is used:
Stem cell transplants that use stem cells donated by someone else are called allogeneic transplants. But when a person's own stem cells are used, it is called an autologous
The success of a stem cell transplant depends on the
person's age and general health condition and whether the donated cells match
the body cells. Serious complications that can occur after a stem cell
transplant include rejection of the new stem cells, destruction of other cells
in the person's body by the new stem cells, or severe, often life-threatening,
December 17, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
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