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Bone Marrow Transplantation

We are specialists in bone marrow, umbilical cord blood or peripheral blood transplants in children.

In the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit we attend to those children who, at some point in the treatment of their illness, require a bone marrow, umbilical cord blood or peripheral blood transplant. Bone marrow transplantation is a key treatment in curing many children who present:

  • Hematological and oncological illnesses
  • Genetic illnesses: immunodeficiencies, haemopathies and metabolopathies

When a patient requires a transplant, it is important for highly specialised professionals to analyse his/her case in detail. Our Unit is devoted exclusively to pediatric bone marrow transplants.

We analyze what type of transplantation is indicated in each case

In order for a bone marrow transplantation to be successful, it is essential to determine who is the most suitable donor — the patient himself/herself, a relative or an unrelated donor — and which source it is the most suitable: peripheral blood, umbilical cord blood or bone marrow.

We perform all types of transplants:

  • Autologous transplants
  • Allogeneic transplants: from a related or unrelated donor, including haploidentical transplants.

What do we offer?

We offer

1. Individualised evaluation

Our specialists analyse the case in detail and determine the best source for extracting the hematopoietic progenitors: peripheral blood, umbilical cord or bone marrow.

It is not covered by public health

2. Search for potential donors

We search for potential donors not only in the patient's setting, the patient him/herself or someone of him/her a family member, but also in an unrelated donor and in national and international banks.

It is not covered by public health

3. Compatibility tests

We ensure compatibility between donor and patient through a number of specific tests.

It is not covered by public health

4. Extraction and conservation

The hematopoietic progenitors are extracted, processed, prepared and conserved until the moment of the transplant in latest-generation facilities.

It is not covered by public health

5. Performing the transplant

A team of professionals devoted exclusively to bone marrow transplants performs the procedure.

It is not covered by public health

6. Post transplant follow-up

After the transplant, we monitor the patient until a full recovery has been made.

It is not covered by public health

Our survival rates are comparable to the highest ones recorded internationally

In autologous transplants and transplants from a related donor
In transplants from an unrelated, haploidentical donor
Survival rate
The most touching moment is when these children return to their country and you think that they can return to their normal life.
Júlia Marsal, hematologist at Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit

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