When to call

Watch for early signs of infection. It is very important to notify the Bone Marrow Transplant Team or your local doctor if any of these signs or symptoms of infection occur:

  • Fever of 100°F (37.8°C) for allogeneic patients, or 100.5°F (38.0°C) for autologous patients (even if you feel well).
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cough with yellow or green sputum (phlegm) or a dry, persistent cough.
  • Sweats or chills.
  • Sore throat, scratchy throat, or pain when swallowing.
  • Sinus drainage, nasal congestion, headaches, or tenderness along the upper cheekbones.
  • Trouble urinating: pain or burning, constant urge, or frequent urination. This might also be a side effect of chemotherapy called hemorrhagic cystitis. When this occurs, there might be blood or blood clots in your urine.
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
  • Redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage at the site of your central venous catheter.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Lesions (sores) or white patches in your mouth or on your tongue.
  • Skin rash.
  • Vaginal discomfort, itching, or unusual discharge.
  • If you become aware that you have been exposed to chickenpox, strep throat, herpes, or mononucleosis.

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