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J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc. 2010 Jun 1;11(2):99-101. doi: 10.5152/jtgga.2010.08. eCollection 2010.

The rationale behind collecting umbilical cord blood.

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  • 1Ivf Centers Prof. Zech, Bregenz, Austria and Department For Obstetrics and Gynecology, Unit of Gynecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Graz, Austria.
  • 2Yale University School of Medicine, Usa, and Center For Reproductive Medicine, Cologne, Germany.
  • 3Vivocell Biosolutions Gmbh, Graz, Austria and Langenfeld/Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 4Klinikum Leverkusen, Department of Obstretics and Gynecology, Leverkusen, Germany.
  • 5Translational Center For Regenerative Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany.

Abstract

in English, Turkish

Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is an increasingly important and rich source of stem cells. These cells can be used for the treatment of many diseases, including cancers and immune and genetic disorders. For patients for whom no suitable related donor is available, this source of hematopoietic stem cells offers substantial advantages, notably the relative ease of procurement, the absence of risk to the donor, the small likelihood of transmitting clinically important infections, the low risk of severe graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and the rapid availability of placental blood for transplantation centers. Even though almost 80 diseases are treatable with cord blood stem cells, 97 percent of cord blood is still disposed of after birth and lost for patients in need! To improve availability of stem cells to a broader community, efforts should be undertaken to collect cord blood and expectant parents should be properly informed of their options with regard to cord blood banking.

KEYWORDS:

Stem cell; allogeneic; autologous; collection; transplantation; umbilical cord blood

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PMCID:
PMC3939099
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