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Umbilical cord blood donation

Umbilical cord blood (UCB) contains "stem cells" specialized in the renewal of blood cells. In certain patients with diseased bone marrow, the SCU transplant makes it possible to produce new healthy blood cells. Cord donation has no effect on either the baby or the donor.

The first umbilical cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 in Paris. The patient was a child affected with Fanconi anemia. Currently, transplants have been performed to treat some 70 types of diseases (including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, thalassemia, other anemias...).

More than 8.000 units of cord blood, ready for transplantation, are kept in the SCU Bank of the Transfusion Center of the Community of Madrid.

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Pros and cons of cord blood versus marrow donation

Advantages and disadvantages of cord blood versus bone marrow donation