Stem cells produce red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. In some cases, stem cells in your bone marrow may not be functioning well or need to be destroyed to help treat a disease. If this happens, you will need new stem cells.
During this procedure, healthy stem cells are taken from a donor's:
- Bone marrow (bone marrow transplant or BMT)
- Blood (peripheral blood stem cell or PBSC)
The stem cells will be injected into your vein. The new cells travel through the bloodstream to your bone cavities. It may take about a month for the donor stem cells in the bone marrow to begin to function fully. If the transplant is successful, new bone marrow cells will produce healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Stem cell transplantation may be done using:
- Stem cells that were taken from your own bone marrow or blood and stored
- Stem cells from a donor
Location of Active Bone Marrow in an Adult
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This procedure is done if the stem cells in your bone marrow are not functioning or are deficient. This may be caused by:
Last reviewedSeptember 2012by Igor Puzanov, MD
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