Potential Side Effects from Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplants for Hodgkin Disease
Most of the short-term side effects of stem cell transplantation are from the high doses of chemotherapy. These should go away as you recover from the transplant. You may also experience a strange taste in your mouth from the preservative used to freeze the stem cells. These are some common side effects.
Low blood cell counts
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath
Tightness or pain in the chest
Low blood pressure
Some side effects may be long-lasting or appear years later. These are possible long-term side effects.
Shortness of breath, often caused by radiation damage to the lungs
Skin rashes with itching, severe diarrhea, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms may indicate graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition that occurs if the immune system cells in the donor's stem cells attack your skin, liver, gastrointestinal tract, mouth, or other organs. This is a possible side effect of allogenic transplants, but not autologous transplants
Lack of menstrual periods, which may indicate ovary damage and cause infertility
Vision problems, such as blurriness or cloudiness, caused by damage to the lens of the eye
Bone pain caused from damage due to lack of blood supply, called aseptic necrosis
Problems with metabolism caused by damage to the thyroid gland