MoreMarrowDonors.org is a U.S. organization dedicated to providing small amounts of compensation to bone marrow donors. Its mission is to promote marrow donations to increase the number of lives saved by blood marrow transplants.
Although California's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote that bone marrow sales are not criminal, they are legal in only nine states. Selling marrow has been prohibitive until now because of the painful extraction method of aspiration, or siphoning out cells from the hip bone through a large needle. Apheresis is a less-intrusive method for harvesting marrow stem cells from the bloodstream via blood drawn from the arm.
Bone marrow is more often donated voluntarily for transplantation into an individual whom the donor knows, typically to combat leukemia or other blood diseases. Donating bone marrow for use in research is more often compensated financially.Learn More
Although a local anesthetic is used during a bone marrow biopsy, a deep, aching pain may occur once the needle is fully inserted into the bone and the syringe draws liquid from the marrow, according to MedlinePlus. Once the needle is removed, the pain subsides.Full Answer >
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue at the center of large bones responsible for the production of all the various types of blood cells. This includes red blood cells, platelets, and the various kinds of white blood cells.Full Answer >
During a bone marrow biopsy, the doctor inserts a needle or syringe into the patient's bone to take a marrow sample, according to MedlinePlus. The area in which the needle is inserted is first cleaned and numbed, and a bandage is affixed to the skin after the procedure.Full Answer >
Bone marrow edema occurs as a result of fluid build up in bone marrow, according to Robert J. Daley, M.D. This fluid accumulation is normally caused by an injury, osteoporosis or tumors. Injuries that cause BME may include bone fractures, ligament injuries and bone bruises.Full Answer >