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Cord blood can be effective substitute for bone marrow

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Uploaded on Feb 18, 2009

A new Duke study has found that umbilical cord blood can be an effective substitute for bone marrow in patients requiring transplantation but who don't have a matched bone marrow donor.

Bone marrow transplants can be a life-saving treatment option for patients battling cancer, blood disorders and other life-threatening conditions.

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center followed three-hundred-fourteen children for whom bone marrow transplantation was needed but who didn't have a matched marrow donor.

The patients were treated with unrelated and mis-matched cord blood donor units. These units were matched at four of six HLA typing.

Only 10 percent of the patients failed to accept the transplants. Fewer than 15 percent had serious complications.

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