Practice question

How do bone marrow transplants work?

Children undergoing bone marrow transplants need support and follow up

Bone marrow transplantation and recovery from it are complicated, and children who have it need support and follow up

Bone marrow transplantation (BMT), or haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, has been used for many years to cure various immunological and haematological disorders, and more recently solid tumour cancers ( Simpson and Dazzi 2019 ).

The bone marrow is where blood cells are made. In babies, many bones produce bone marrow but as children grow, bone marrow development occurs predominantly in the pelvic bones, arms, spine, sternum and ribs (


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