what are the pros and cons of saving an umbilical cord?

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Stem cells from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat a wide variety of blood, bone, genetic, and immune system diseases in children, including:

  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (a degenerative brain disease)
  • Krabbe’s Disease (genetic brain disease)
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Osteopetrosis

Many are considered life-saving procedures. Some of these diseases, such as Krabbe’s Disease, were deadly before the development of stem cell transplants. On rare occasions these procedures can be used to treat adults. The small amount of stem cells collected from each cord allows for transplants mostly in children. Research continues to increase the use of stem cells in adults and to treat many other diseases.

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+1 I had no idea there were medical reasons for keeping the cord - thanks for the info!

(14 Apr '10, 19:53) Lazlow

Cons - It's expensive and there may not be a cord blood bank in your area.

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