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Total body irradiation and bone marrow transplantation

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When I was around 10 I was diagnosed with Lukemia. Then I had a Bone Marrow Transplant and radiation theorapy. After that, I think I was normal. But my height has not grown from the age of 15. I am now 22 and my height has not increased at all. And I also have problems some days trying to remember things (short term memory), long term memory doesn;t seem to be a problem. So, is there anything I can do to increase my height now? I didn't have GH when I had my BMT, and I read on the net that BMT at a young age has an effect on the height. And that patients that undergo radiation theorapy have short term memory problems as well..

Is there anything I can do to increase my height, or improve my memory Doc?? I mean I am really grateful to god that I am still alive, it was a deadly desease and many people don't recover. But is there anything I can do now to increase my height or improve my short term memory?

THX A LOT IN ADVANCE DOC


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replied July 7th, 2008
Leukemia Answer A4375
Current medical status: Short height, short term memory problem


Current medical treatment: None





It is true that total body irradiation (TBI) before bone marrow transplantation (BMT) was done can cause a deficit of the growth hormone (GH) and impaired puberty development. This consequently causes growth impairment. As TBI and BMT were done at an earlier age the growth impairment would be greater. GH supplementation and sex-hormone replacement therapy could help. But now your growth and puberty are finished so there is nothing you can do.








TBI and chemotherapy in patients with BMT can also cause psychological disorders (including memory loss). Children younger than 3 years are at highest risk for decreased cognitive abilities. Little or no decline in cognitive skills (including memory) after transplantation is observed in children older than 3 years, so It doesn't seem that your “short term memory problems” are due to the BMT.











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