For related bone marrow donation (generally from a brother or a sister) there is really no age limit, a bone marrow harvest can be safely performed between 6 months (or 8 kg body weight) and 60 years of age if the donor is in good health. It is only for volunteer unrelated donors that the age limit is much narrower, generally between 20 and 40 years of age.
These answers have been prepared by:
- Dr. Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children medical team coordinator
- Dr. Sadaf Khalid, Cure2Children Pakistan branch coordinator