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Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Harvesting in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 5, 2023.

Peripheral blood stem cell harvesting is a procedure to remove stem cells from your child's blood. The stem cells can be given to your child or to someone else to fight a disease.


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

  • Your child has trouble breathing.
  • Your child has chest pain.
  • Your child has a seizure.

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child faints.

Call your child's doctor if:

  • Your child has nausea or is vomiting.
  • Your child is dizzy, weak, or has the chills.
  • Your child has pain that does not go away, even after he or she takes pain medicine.
  • Your child has less energy or sleeps more than usual.
  • Your child is more upset or cries more than usual.
  • Your child has a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.


Your child 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 child's healthcare provider how to give this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not give other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your child's provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your child's provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Do not give aspirin to children younger than 18 years. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he or she has the flu or a fever and takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin or salicylates.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell the provider if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


Let your child rest as needed. Ask your child's healthcare provider when he or she can return to school and other regular activities.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

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

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