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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Eligibility to Donate Bone Marrrow with ITP
I am 55 year-old male in excellent health. Twenty years ago, my platelet count dropped. It was thought that I might need to get a bone marrow transplant and was placed on the register. I was diagnosed with Idopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (IPT) for which I was treated. I recently got a call as a possible donor since my name was still on the register. I`m totally willing to donate (I know what it`s like to think that you need it yourself), and they are willing to harvest it under local only (my only requirement as I react badly to sedation). My question is: how significant is having ITP in the past regarding bone marrow donation? I don`t have a primary care physician to ask and will probably do it anyway, unless there is some huge risk. Thanks.
If you have no evidence of ITP now and have a normal platelet count, you can be a donor. I am sure that whoever is requesting/harvesting the marrow will carefully screen you for any underlying blood disease before committing you to bone marrow harvest.
Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University