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Published: January 2013
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The following questions were submitted by viewers and answered by the presenter, Paul J. Kurtin, MD, Consultant in the Division of Hematopathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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(Answer provided by Dennis Gastineau, MD, Hematology Division Chair, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Gastineau is also involved in the bone marrow transplant program and transfusion medicine.)
Screening is done with routine blood tests. If there are no abnormalities and no familial disorders, we DON’T usually perform cytogenetics or other sophisticated testing.
National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) does questionnaires and routine CBC testing along with HLA, but not actual cytogenetics.
Allogeneic donors take the same questionnaire as blood donors to screen for risks. In addition, they undergo a physical examination and have CBC, chemistries as well as infectious disease testing performed.