Monday, June 28, 2004

Is a bone marrow transplant the same as a stem cell transplant?

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A bone marrow transplant was the traditional way (and in some countries, still is) of doing a transplant. Stem cells are most abundant in the bone marrow. The donor had to go under general anasthesia and it was a pretty involved process, where marrow was extracted from the hip bone.

We are doing a drive to find a donor whose HLA profile matches that of Pia so that a stem cell transplant can be done. This basically minimizes the chance that her body will reject the donors stem cells.

The current procedure is much simpler than it was before. The donor, if a match will receive an injection which will release stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. A few days later the blood will be drawn, purged of the stem cells and then put back into the donor. It may involve some local discomfort, but nothing like general anasthesia. Then the cells get put into Pia's body and the wait begins to see if they will be accepted.

The reason that a person with the same ethnic background is more likely to match her HLA type is that the HLA markers are inherited from one's parents and as such are like DNA, except that the combinations are not infinite, but are similar by ethnicity. Hence the need for a South Asian donor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would like to be tested.. i always had the feeling to help someone in your same situation. i'm not in your ethnicity group but i could be tested

July 2, 2004 at 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope I can be of help here. I am not from India but my great grand parents came from India. I will go and get tested.

Good luck and I hope a successful doner is found soon.

July 9, 2004 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Rama.E said...

It was nice to see you.

Best of luck and we will redouble our efforts to find a matching donor through our drives. I have no doubt our efforts will be successful soon. We look forward to you returning to full health and enjoying all that life has to offer a young and cheerful person like you.

My e-mail is

July 19, 2004 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God help Pia and her family through this and facilitate the donation process so she is back to her normal life soon.
We all pray for you Pia.
God Bless!

July 24, 2004 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May the lord be with you in your time of darkness. For those who have walked the darkness, there shall be light.

You are in my prayers.


February 3, 2005 at 10:53 AM  

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