How long does it take to become transfusion independent after the Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) for thalassemia?

Most children become transfusion-independent within a month of the transplant, this may take a little longer in case of BMT from an AB0.incompatible donor. Late rejections and transplant-related complications, however, may occur and regular check up should be carried out at least for the first years following the BMT, after which the child should resume life as normal without thalassemia.

These answers have been prepared by:
- Dr. Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children medical team coordinator
- Dr. Sadaf Khalid, Cure2Children Pakistan branch coordinator