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What are the risks of donating peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC)?

Unlike bone marrow donation, PBSC donation does not require anesthesia. The medication that is given to stimulate the release of stem cells from the marrow into the bloodstream may cause bone and muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and/or difficulty sleeping. These side effects generally stop within 2 to 3 days of the last dose of the medication.

This answer from the National Cancer Institute has been reviewed and/or edited by Dr. William D. Knopf.

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