Is a fever normal after a bone marrow transplant?
There are many viruses, bacteria, and fungi that can cause infection after your transplant. You may be at risk for some more than others. Despite all these precautions, patients often develop fevers, one of the first signs of infection.
Does a bone marrow transplant make you sick?
When your immune system is weakened, your body cannot protect itself as well against germs. Most of these germs already live in your body. When your immune system is strong, these germs do not make you sick. But after a transplant, they can cause an infection.
What is engraftment fever?
Engraftment fever was defined as non-infectious fever ( ≥38.3°C without clinical or laboratory signs of infection ) within 4 days before or after engraftment.
What is engraftment in bone marrow transplant?
Engraftment is when the blood-forming cells you received on transplant day start to grow and make healthy blood cells. It’s an important milestone in your transplant recovery.
What is allogeneic BMT?
In an allogeneic bone marrow transplant, the healthy stem cells come from the bone marrow of a related donor who is not an identical twin of the patient or from an unrelated donor who is genetically similar to the patient.
Can your body reject the bone marrow transplant?
Your body may not accept the donated cells, or the disease may come back. If the transplant doesn’t work, it’s normal to have feelings of anger and grief. It’s not your fault, and there may be other treatment options available for you. Your doctor will talk to you about other treatment options.
Why are bone marrow transplant patients at high risk for infection?
Why do infections happen after a bone marrow transplant? After your transplant, your immune system is weak and you are at risk for infection. Even though your white blood cell count might be “normal,” your immune system is still recovering. Therefore, infections might still occur.
What is bone marrow engraftment?
Engraftment. Engraftment is when transplanted stem cells enter the blood, make their way to the bone marrow and start making new blood cells. It usually takes about 2 to 6 weeks to start seeing a steady return to normal blood cell counts. You will be in the hospital for some of this time.