Cord blood Banking
Cord blood banking is the process of collection, processing and storing of stem cells extracted from the placenta and the umbilical cord for future uses. The cord blood will then be available to your child or any of your family members later if they become sick. Cord blood banking can thus help in the treatment of life threatening diseases especially blood related diseases like leukemia and cancer. Cord blood collected can be transplanted in later years onto the child or his family member if any life threatening diseases arise.
Cord blood collection is a safe and painless procedure and can be done only once at birth. Cord blood is collected after the baby is born and the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Collections are either by syringe method or by bag collection method. The cells should be processed and preserved within 48 hours. The cord blood then is tested to check the eligibility standards. Red blood cells and Plasma which are not needed for transplantation are removed. Cord blood is frozen in minus 200 degree centigrade and is stored in vinyl or plastic bag and frozen in liquid nitrogen. It is also stored in vials. Look for those banks which will store in multiple vials or bags and not in single vials or bags. It helps in treating many people rather than one. Cord Blood can be stored for up to 20 years.
Cord blood banking is usually done by the parents so that they can be
confident that if in future the need to transplant arises for the child
the most perfect matching stem cells will be available. Fathers and siblings
will have a 25% chance of matching cord blood stem cells. It can also
be used for grandparents and cousins if it matches. If you or any one
in your family already has any disease like sickle cell anemia, aplastic
anemia, leukemia, thalassemia, metabolic storage disorders or certain
genetic immunodeficiencies it is advisable to store your child’s
cord blood. The chances that a child will need to use his stem cells are
1 in 2500. So some consider the money spend on it as waste.
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