Readmissions are common in pediatric stem cell transplant patients

04/24/2013 | HealthDay News

U.S. researchers looked at 129 children who underwent stem cell transplantation between 2008 and 2011 and found that 64% of them had been readmitted at least once within six months of the procedure. Of these readmissions, fever with unknown cause was the most common culprit, followed by infections and gastrointestinal issues. Receiving stem cells from a related or unrelated donor was associated with higher readmission rates than receiving one's own stem cells, according to the study to be presented at the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology meeting.

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