Jul 27, 2014, 2:20 PM
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Iran pioneer in bone marrow transplant

Tehran, July 27, IRNA - Almost 500 cases of bone marrow transplants are performed annually in Shariati Hospital, Tehran, announced the head of the hospital.

Dr. Ahmad Reza Soroush added that about 5,000 bone marrow transplant operations have so far been conducted in the hospital.

He added that the hospital’s bone marrow transplant center is among the top three in the world to undertake this type of surgery.

Pointing to the number of bone marrow transplant in children, Soroush said the hospital is among the high-rate centers for such surgeries worldwide, adding that about 120 cases of bone marrow transplant operations are performed annually in children.

“The hospital’s achievements in bone marrow transplant are unique in the Middle East,” Sunday's edition of 'Iran Daily' quoted him as saying.

Soroush explained that a wide range of diseases can be treated through bone marrow transplant, including thalassemia, metabolic complications and different types of cancers.

A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells.

Bone marrow is the soft, fatty tissue inside your bones. Stem cells are immature cells in the bone marrow that give rise to all blood cells.