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Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Harvesting

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Peripheral blood stem cell harvesting is a procedure to remove stem cells from your blood. The stem cells can be given to you or to someone else to treat a disease.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have shortness of breath.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe abdominal pain.
  • You have a new tingling feeling around your mouth or fingers, or the feeling is getting worse.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have new or increasing bone, muscle, or abdominal pain.
  • Your pain lasts longer than 14 days after your procedure.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have new or worsening headaches, weakness, or fatigue.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics may be given to prevent or treat a bacterial infection.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Activity:

Rest as needed. Alternate times of activity with times of rest. Ask your healthcare provider when it is okay to return to work and other regular activities.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

You will need to return for more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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