Risks of a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant

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Risks of a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant
Graft-Versus-Host Disease
Other Risks
Main Risks
Graft Failure
Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Fungus or yeast, such as candida
Viruses, such as herpes or cytomegalovirus
Bacteria, such as those in your mouth or around your central line
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) and abdominal pain, which indicate liver damage
Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Doctors determine how bad GVHD is based on the severity of diarrhea.
A rash that starts on the palms and soles of your feet and spreads to your mid-section. Over time, the rash may cover your entire body. Skin can blister or peel if the rash is very bad
Your bone marrow is damaged after the transplant
the new stem cells are damaged during storage
if not enough stem cells are used
Your immune system rejects the new stem cells
Complications from chemotherapy and radiation treatment