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How does bone marrow relate to the immune system?

Our immune system's foundation is the bone marrow because it makes white blood cells.

Dr. Brad J. Spellberg, MD
Infectious Disease Specialist

The bone marrow is the site of production of all blood cells, including white blood cells.  White blood cells are what defend our bodies from infections.  So, if the bone marrow does not work right, and white cells are not produced in adequate numbers or with normal function, the body becomes at risk for infection.

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