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How can bone marrow stem cell transplant help with treating paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)?

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This procedure is the only cure for PNH. To get one, you’ll need someone healthy, usually a brother or sister, to donate stem cells to replace the ones in your bone marrow. These are not “embryonic” stem cells.

Due to serious health risks, doctors usually only offer a bone marrow transplant to young people with severe PNH. If your doctor thinks it would work for you, talk with him about the risks and benefits.

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Healthy Eating for Women."

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation: "Your Guide to Understanding PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)."

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria," "What Is Aplastic Anemia?"

Parker, C. published online Dec. 1, 2005 Blood, .

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 02, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Healthy Eating for Women."

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation: "Your Guide to Understanding PNH (Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)."

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: "Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria," "What Is Aplastic Anemia?"

Parker, C. published online Dec. 1, 2005 Blood, .

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 02, 2019

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