Cord blood bank

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A cord blood bank stores umbilical cord blood for the benefit of future patients, particularly for treating diseases of the blood and immune systems, such as leukemia. The first successful cord blood transplant was in 1988.

Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells. These are progenitor cells capable of forming red and white blood cells, and platelets. Cord blood stem cells are not embryonic stem cells and mothers must consider donating to save lives. Unlike unethical embryonic stem cells which have no known medical cures and destroys a life, cord blood stem cells have no ethical concerns and are used as treatment for the following diseases; [1]

  • Acquired or inherited severe aplastic anemia
  • ADA or PNP Deficiency
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • Alpha mannosidosis
  • Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  • Aplasia
  • Ataxia-Telangiectasia
  • Bare Lymphocyte syndrome
  • Bone marrow failure diseases
  • Cancer treated with chemotherapy
  • Chediak-Higashi syndrome
  • Chronic Granulomatous disease
  • Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis
  • Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (CID)
  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disease (CVID)
  • Diamond-Blackfan syndrome
  • DiGeorge syndrome
  • Dyskeratosis congenital
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Familial Erythrophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (FEL)
  • Glanzmann’s Thrombocytopenia
  • Globoid Leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease)
  • Hematologic malignancy (all), such as leukemia or lymphoma, or a cancer treated with chemotherapy
  • Hereditary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • Hunter syndrome (MPHS II)
  • Hurler syndrome (MPHS I)
  • Hurler-Scheie syndrome (MPS H-S)
  • Hyper IgM
  • I-cell disease
  • Inherited or acquired severe aplastic anemia
  • Inherited transfusion dependent anemias
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Kostmann syndrome
  • Krabbe disease or Globoid Leukodystrophy
  • Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency (LAD)
  • Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
  • Leukemia, all types
  • Lymphoma, all types
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD)
  • Metabolic/Storage diseases
  • MPHS II or Hunter syndrome
  • MPHS I or Hurler syndrome
  • MPS H-S or Hurler-Scheie syndrome
  • Nezeloff syndrome
  • Niemann-Pick disease
  • Omenn’s disease
  • Osteopetrosis
  • Paroxsysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
  • Perlizaeus Merzbacher syndrome
  • PNP or ADA Deficiency
  • Platelet diseases
  • Porphyria
  • Pure red cell aplasia
  • Red blood cell diseases
  • Sandhoff disease or Tay Sachs disease
  • Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS III)
  • Schwachman-Diamond Syndrome
  • Severe Aplastic Anemia acquired or inherited
  • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (SCID)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Sideroblastic anemia
  • Tay Sachs disease or Sandhoff disease
  • Thalassemia disorders
  • Thrombocytopenia with absent radii (TAR)
  • White blood cell diseases
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome

References

  1. Diseases Treatable by a Related Donor Cord Blood Transplant National Marrow Donor Program
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