Bone Marrow Transplant
Alternate Names : BMT
What happens later at home?
Recovery from a bone marrow transplant depends on many factors. These
include the underlying disease and the body's reaction to the procedure. Healthcare
professionals will need to monitor the person closely for a few months after the
procedure. The doctor will decide when the person is ready to safely return to regular
What are the potential complications after the procedure?
The bone marrow donor has a very low risk of complications during and
after the procedure. But the things that might occur include:
The person getting the bone marrow transplant faces risks that are more serious:
Side effects such as sterility and kidney or liver damage from the
and the medicines used to prevent rejection
Graft versus host disease,
also called GVHD. In GVHD, the donated cells attack the recipient's body. This happens because
the donated cells "see" the person's body as foreign.
Bone marrow rejection
In addition, the underlying disease may return, or long-term
malfunction of the immune system may occur.