Can donated marrow be frozen for later?

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Offline thedoc

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Can donated marrow be frozen for later?
« on: 31/07/2012 10:30:01 »
John asked the Naked Scientists:

I'm a registered marrow donor and organ donor. I can't get answers to this question from the registries themselves, no one seems to know.

Can I donate marrow now and have it frozen, to provide life to someone even after my death?

Thanks for your time,


What do you think?
« Last Edit: 31/07/2012 10:30:01 by _system »


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Re: Can donated marrow be frozen for later?
« Reply #1 on: 31/07/2012 11:37:38 »
Yes, if you need it yourself, (autologous bone marrow transplant), but fresh is preferable for donations ...

Unlike other organs, bone marrow cells can be frozen (cryopreserved) for prolonged periods, without damaging too many cells. This is a necessity with autologous HSC because the cells must be harvested from the recipient months in advance of the transplant treatment. In the case of allogeneic transplants, fresh HSC are preferred, in order to avoid cell loss that might occur during the freezing and thawing process.
« Last Edit: 31/07/2012 11:39:19 by RD »