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Old Mon Jan 12, 2009, 02:43 PM
mom23 mom23 is offline
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Question Hypocellular marrow

My 3 yr old has had 2 bone marrow biopsies---one at 2 yrs old and one at 3 yrs old. Both bmb's show that his cellularity is at 50-60%, but I still don't understand what that is telling me. Is he classified as having bone marrow issues due to the hypocellularity?
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Old Tue Jan 13, 2009, 02:02 AM
Ruth Cuadra Ruth Cuadra is offline
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Hi, Mom23.

For healthy adults, normal cellularity of the bone marrow is usually 100 minus the person's age. So, 20-year-old would have 80% cellularity and a 70-year-old might have only 30%. When disease is present, those numbers might be higher (hypercellularity) or lower (hypocellularity). I think the formula is somewhat different for children, but the hyper/hypo distinction is still made.

What disease or condition is your child being treated for? What does the doctor say about the significance of 50-60% cellularity in a 3-year-old?

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Old Thu Jan 15, 2009, 01:23 AM
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He is being looked at as having Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Not too much has been said about the hypocellularity except that he will continue to have yearly marrows unless something else shows up.
I am still learning all about the bone marrow stuff.
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Old Thu Jan 15, 2009, 01:13 PM
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He is being looked at as having Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Not too much has been said about the hypocellularity except that he will continue to have yearly marrows unless something else shows up.
I am still learning all about the bone marrow stuff.
Another mom, named Joan, posted about Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. You might want to read that forum thread.
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