Bone Marrow Transplant/ Stem Cell Transplant Services

Since its inception in 2009, Shifa Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program has transformed the lives of hundreds of patients and given hope to countless families through performing more than 450 transplants including Autologous, Allogeneic (fully matched and half-matched HAPLO) transplants.

Shifa BMT center has high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtered unit, which is managed under the supervision of Internationally trained consultants and an integrated team to provide exceptional nursing care, technical support, aphesis services, Human leukocyte antigen  (HLA) typing, stem cell storage & processing, etc.

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Bone Marrow Transplant Pakistan
  • Offering Bone Marrow Transplant Services
  • Initial Consultation with BMT specialist
  • Pre Transplant Workup
  • Transplant Coordinator Support
  • Donor Assessment
  • Post Bone Marrow Transplant Care
  1. Pre-Transplant Work-up & Evaluation
  2. Investigations & Tests
  • Blood Tests
  • Chest and Skeletal Survey (X-Rays)
  • CT and PET Scans (if required)
  • Echocardiogram & ECG
  • Pulmonary Function Test
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration
  • 24hrs Urine Test
  1. Bone Marrow Stem Cell/ Transplant
  • Harvesting of Stem Cells
  • Infusion of Stem Cells
  1. Recovery

What is Bone Marrow Transplant?

A bone marrow transplant is a medical treatment that replaces your bone marrow with healthy cells. The replacement cells can either come from your own body or from a donor.

What are some diseases that may be treated from a bone marrow transplant?

The following diseases are treatable from bone marrow transplant:

  • Leukemias & Lymphomas
  • Severe aplastic anemia & Multiple myeloma
  • Immune deficiency disorders
  • Thalassemia Majors

*However, patients experience diseases differently and a bone marrow transplant may not be appropriate for everyone who suffers from these diseases.

  • The patient should bring all the previous medical reports with them for consultation
  • Following factors are considered for Patient’s Transplant Eligibility;
    • Age
    • General physical condition
    • Causes of illness
    • Reactions to previous treatments
    • Availability of the donor (Only for Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant)
  • Bone Marrow Transplant is usually done on an inpatient basis lasting approximately;
    • Autologous (03 weeks)
    • Allogeneic (03 – 04 weeks)
  • The patient will be admitted for at least 3-4 weeks
  • The donor will be admitted for 2-3 days during the course of treatment
  • It may take several months for a patient’s blood cells to be regenerated to normal levels and up to two years before the patient’s immune system is fully functional.

How a donor and a recipient is matched for Bone Marrow Transplant?

Matching involves typing human leukocyte antigen (HLA) tissue. The antigens on the surface of these special white blood cells determine the genetic makeup of a person’s immune system.

Dr. M. Ayaz Younas Mir
MBBS, DAB (Internal Medicine & Hematology), Fellowship BMT, Mayo Clinics
Director, Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant

Maj. Gen. (R) Tariq Mahmood Satti H.I (M)
MBBS, FCPS (Haem), MCPS, FRCPath (Haem), B.M.T. Certification (U.K.)
Consultant Haematologist & Bone Marrow Transplant Specialist

Dr. Azhar Shafi
MBBS, FCPS (Internal Medicine, Hematology/ Oncology), Member American Society of Hematology
Consultant Haematologist

Dr. Ayesha Iftikhar
Assistant Consultant, Clinical Hematology