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Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation

Blood diseases are among the first among life-threatening diseases in childhood. Thousands of children are diagnosed with blood cancer every year in our country. Early diagnosis and correct treatment planning are of great importance for the successful treatment of blood diseases that require bone marrow transplantation, especially leukemia.

The most important way to be successful in the treatment of childhood blood diseases and in pediatric bone marrow transplantation is to treat patients in fully equipped centers with infrastructure and service quality. Memorial Şişli, Bahçelievler and Ankara Hospitals Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation Units, which were established for this purpose, serve children with SGK assurance and high-level diagnosis and treatment opportunities.

Bone marrow transplantation has an important place in the treatment of congenital diseases such as thalassemia, Fanconi aplastic anemia, immunodeficiency, metabolic diseases and acquired diseases such as leukemia, acquired aplastic anemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma in childhood. An experienced physician-nurse-personnel team and a specially designed service are needed for bone marrow transplantation.

What Should Be the Characteristics of the Center for Stem Cell Transplantation?

In our Stem Cell Transplantation Units, various measures are taken to prevent infections that can be transmitted to patients from the external environment.

These measures are

  • At the entrance of each patient room, there is a special section between the room and the corridor, and it is ensured that both the transport personnel and the accompanying persons are purified from the infections they may carry from outside in this section.

  • Bone marrow transplant patients are provided with a separate elevator

  • There are special security measures that allow only authorized personnel to exit to the floor where the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit is located.

  • Memorial Child Bone Marrow Transplantation Units are designed to allow patients to go through this process comfortably.

  • During the transport, the foods desired by the patients are prepared under special conditions.

  • In order to protect them from infections, hepafilter systems that clean the particles in the air are used throughout the transport unit.

In the transplantation unit, all kinds of bone marrow transplantation, including autologous, allogeneic (relative and unrelated) and haploidentic, can be performed for patients aged 0-18 years. It should be kept in mind that each patient is special and the transplantation process should be carried out within the framework of this principle.

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