Types of Stem Cell Transplants
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Types of Stem Cell Transplants

Although stem cell transplants have gained popularity in recent years, there are still many risks associated with the procedure. To better understand the potential complications a patient may face, it’s best to know what these transplants consist of. The Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen team is here to discuss the two main types of stem cell transplants along with the risks these procedures carry.


Autologous stem cell transplants come from the same person who will receive the transplant; therefore, they are their own donor. This transplant involves the patient removing and harvesting their own stem cells to use once they’re done with chemo.


The stem cells in autologous come from another donor who is not the patient. The donor can be a relative with a similar tissue type that matches the patient, or it could be a complete stranger matched up through a national registry. These transplants are often called MUD (matched unrelated donor) transplants and are typically riskier than relative match transplants.


There are many risks at stake when it comes to both autologous and allogeneic stem cell transplants. Surprisingly enough, a graft can still fail as an autologous transplant. On top of that, there is a chance of cancer cells being collected with the stem cells, which would then be put back into the patient's body when it comes time for the transplant.

In allogeneic transplants, there’s a possibility that the graft or transplant fails, meaning the stem cells never make it to the bone marrow to produce new blood cells. There’s also the risk of developing a graft-versus-host disease where the immune cells from the donor attack the healthy cells within the patient’s body. Even though donors are tested before donating, there’s also a small risk of developing an infection.

If you have been considering receiving a form of stem cell therapy, it’s essential to keep those risks in mind before undergoing any procedure. Be sure to ask the right questions and contact your doctor before making a life-altering decision like this.

Stem Cell Therapy Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one experienced complications from any variation of stem cell therapy, we recommend speaking with our Stem Cell Therapy Malpractice attorneys. Our attorneys here at Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen work diligently to help our patients around the U.S. receive the compensation they deserve after dangerous and deceptive procedures.

When you’re ready, contact our firm at (866) 629-1061 or visit our Contact Us page to get started on a free, no-risk consultation.


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