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Posted by: Nique | 2004/02/21

bone marrow

My elderly mother has been informed that her bone marrow is no longer functioning and consequently has to have regular blood transfusions. She now has this continual irritation all over her body, however there is no rash. She says it is itchy from inside, but she scratches herself until she bleeds and nothing applied to the skin gives her any relief. Is this due to the non-functioning bone marrow? If so, is there anything she can take to relieve this?

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It could be the cause. However there are other causes of pruritis(itching). You should consult your GP. A thorough clinical examination is necessary and further blood tests may also be indicated.

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