Patient passports would alert doctors to previous bone marrow transplantation

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1185 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1185
  1. Arabella Smith, associate head, department of cytogenetics,
  2. Helen Somerville, coordinator, late effects clinic (ellies@chw.edu.au)
  1. Children's Hospital at Westmead, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia

    EDITOR—Hammadieh et al intended their letter to alert doctors to the fact that patients who have had successful bone marrow transplantation have peripheral blood cells originating from the donated bone marrow and that results of cytogenetic studies of these blood cells will relate to the donor.1

    Unfortunately, only one of the two cases in the letter (case 1) was a cytogenetic case, involving a bone marrow transplant from a donor of the opposite sex. …

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