This list shows the most common health conditions that could prevent someone from donating blood stem cells or bone marrow. Below the list is a searchable database where you can check if a specific condition not listed would prevent you from being a donor. If you are uncertain whether you would qualify or not, you can begin the registration process and the detailed health history questionnaire will help determine your suitability to donate.
- If anaphylactic reaction or other serious reaction (such as severe hypotension / hypertension, or respiratory arrest) to any allergen, anesthesia, or latex
- Aplastic – If genetic or autoimmune disease
- Other – If moderate to severe anemia requiring ongoing prescription medication.
- Osteoarthritis – if severe
- If less than 12 months since the last severe attack requiring oral or IV steroids or emergency care. Also, if dependent on oral steroids.
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Raynaud's Disease
- If currently being treated with lithium or any inpatient medical treatment within the past two years.
BRAIN BLEED OR INJURY
- Multiple concussions – with neurological symptoms or loss of consciousness
- Other significant brain tissue injury
- Bleeding or surgery in the brain
- If any history of cancer treated with radiation and/or chemotherapy, had Leukemia, Lymphoma, Melanoma, or a blood-based malignancy such as Myeloma or Polycythemia Vera
CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (DRUG ABUSE)
- If currently in treatment or continued substance abuse
- If ongoing or recurrent chest pain
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD)
- Type I Diabetes, or Type II Diabetes requiring insulin
FACTOR V LEIDEN
- If diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, or had a heart attack, a pacemaker, coronary artery bypass, stents, stroke, TIA, or an aneurysm.
- If hemophilia A, B, or C, or other bleeding or clotting disorder such as Von Willebrand's Disease, Protein C or Protein S deficiency, other than Factor XII.
- Viral Hepatitis B, or Viral Heptatitis C
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
- If uncontrolled, or if consistently above 160 for systolic or above 100 for diastolic while at rest, with or without medication.
- If history of hip fracture, disease, replacement, and if presence of pins/rods in hip or pelvic area.
- If diagnosed or had confirmed positive test
- If chronic infection or requires ongoing medical treatment
OSTEOPENIA OR OSTEOPOROSIS
- If history of fractures secondary to disease
- If psychotic disorder requiring anti-psychotic medications and/or intensive inpatient or outpatient treatment
- Psychiatric hospitalization within the last 12 months
- If untreated, or if had a seizure in the past 12 months, or if uncontrolled/poorly controlled seizure activity
- Hyperthyroid or Hypothyroid – if untreated
- Organ, bone marrow, or stem cells
Conditions Search Tool
This tool is designed for you to search the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Registry’s medical conditions database. The file consists of the most commonly experienced conditions reported by prospective donors. Should you require additional information on a specific condition, please click here to ask a representative. If a particular condition does not appear in our database, please let us know.
Disclaimer: This is intended to provide guidelines for preliminary screening only and must NOT be used for final screening. This is intended to provide donors with a way to determine whether they should apply to become prospective donors. More comprehensive screening will be conducted during the registration process.