Cord blood donation
suffering from blood cell related problems have few options for treatment. One
of the most successful but difficult treatment for these cases is a bone marrow
transplant. Bone marrow transplant is required for cases where the patient suffers
from problems in stem cells.
cells in the body are the primary source for generating the required amount of
blood cells all through a human beings life.When there is a problem with
stem cells, they may either generate too much blood cells or lesser number of
blood cells then required, each resulting in a different condition and different
these cases the doctor has to find a way to remove the existing damaged stem cells
and insert new and healthy stem cells in the patients body which will generate
the required amount of blood cells.
blood, i.e. blood from the umbilical cord and the placenta after a babys
birth, has been found to have special properties and is found to be a rich source
of stem cells. Doctors have found that these can be easily collected, preserved
and later used when a need for stem cells arise for a matching patient.
blood donation is being promoted now for this reason. As removing the cord blood
is a simple and safe procedure and since it can be stored for a long time (around
ten years), cord blood donation is being highly seen as a solution to solve the
problem of availability that is related to bone marrow.
person who wants to take part in cord blood donation has to inform their doctor
during her pregnancy and the particular hospital or a cord blood bank will make
the required arrangements and preparations.
the babys birth, the cord blood will be collected and stored in a special
bag. The Cord blood will then be tested as it has to satisfy certain conditions
to be eligible for donation. One the cord blood is found suitable for donation
it will be preserved by adding certain chemicals and then stored in cryogenically
blood donation centers, will then add the particular tissue and other details
to their database. The databases are available for access from across the world.
Doctors who required cord blood for transplants will be search these databases
from different cord blood donation centers to find a matching cord blood that
can be used as a source of stem cells.
to the advantages of using cord blood for stem cell transplants, the number of
public cord blood banks and donation centers are increasing.