Category Archives: Perinatal stem cells banking
Perinatal stem cells banking an open window to the future of medicine?
Research from the last years have shown that besides cord blood, the fetal annexes (umbilical cord tissue, placenta, amniotic membranes) represent reach sources of a diversity types of stem cells and progenitors.
These are in generally referred to as perinatal stem cells and may represent an important source of cells to be used in the future for currently standard treatments or in regenerative medicine.
Collection of these tissues is free of any risk, nor for newborn or for mother, representing the most safest, simple and non-invasive mean of getting stem cells.
Used from a single source or in different combination these cells have the potential to be used for saving lives or for increasing the quality of life.
Patients having one of the current standard indication of hematopoietic stem cells transplant or a degenerative disease may benefit today or in the future from the treatment with perinatal stem cells.
Stem cell harvesting at birth is a simple, noninvasive, painless medical procedure lasting between 30 seconds and 2-3 minutes. After the birth, the umbilical cord is pulsating for a few minutes (usually between 3-5 minutes). When the last pulsation stops the umbilical cord is clamped and cut off from the newborn. In the blood vessels…Read more
Recommendations of cord blood collection in preterm infants according to Netcord-FACT standards are split in 2 categories, if the procedure is performed while placenta is still in uterus: For public banking, the procedure may be performed only if the pregnancy has a minimum of 34 weeks of gestation For related/family banking, the procedure may be…Read more
10 aspects to consider about umbilical cord blood banking represents a summary of the most important aspects associated with storage and usage of blood forming stem cells. Future parents should make the decision to harvest and store the umbilical cord blood only after a careful and accurate prior informing and not because it is a…Read more
Umbilical cord blood stem cells banking represent all the processes related with the harvesting, transporting, testing, processing and storing of a blood forming stem cells unit, ready to be used for transplant. Umbilical cord blood represents the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta after the baby is born. The collection is recommended to be…Read more