Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplantation Center
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Your Stay Post Transplant

Day 1 and Beyond

During the weeks before the newly transplanted stem cells produce new blood cells, a patient's body is unable to produce white blood cells, increasing his or her risk of infection. Patients are closely monitored and receive medications to prevent infection. They are also kept in protective isolation on the BMT unit.

Your child's health and progress will be closely monitored by an army of specialists and sub-specialists following the transplant. Weekly cultures of blood, throat, urine, and stool will be taken to watch for infection. Your child also will receive medications to prevent infection. If there's any sign of infection, your child may have additional cultures taken, and they will be given additional antibiotics.

Blood Transfusions

As the new stem cells grow, your child will need transfusions of red blood cells and platelets to replace those they are not yet producing. There's always a chance of a reaction to transfusions of blood products. Medications can be given to help prevent reactions.

Blood products are always tested to prevent certain infections. They are also irradiated to destroy certain cells in the blood transfusion that can compete with the new stem cells and cause transfusion associated graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

Post-Transplant Complications

Almost everyone will have some complications during a BMT. Some of these will be minor and easy to treat, while others may be more challenging or possibly life-threatening. It's important to recognize the signs of complications and promptly report them to your child's healthcare team so they can be treated quickly. Below are the most common complications. If you have any concerns or are unsure of symptoms your child is experiencing, please contact your doctor immediately. Learn More.

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Graft Failure
Monitored for Infection
Post Transplant Complications
Relieving Pain

Preparing for Transplant

Preparation for Transplant and What to Expect During the Process. Learn More.

Relationship For Life

Closely Monitoring Common Late Effects of Transplant and Our Unique Program for Long-Term Care. Learn More.

Journey Clinic - Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Center

2450 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-365-1000 TTY: 612-672-7300

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We have been providing innovative care to children in need of a blood and bone marrow transplant for over 50 years. Call us, we're here to help.

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