Stem cell transplant
A stem cell transplant can really do wonders for some patients. Stem cells has the ability to recreate other cell types like red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets and have the ability to multiply their type. Nowadays we can find multiple sources of stem cells. The primary source of stem cells was considered to be the Bone Marrow before other sources were discovered. These can be successfully retrieved from Cord Blood and Peripheral blood. For a transplant, the stem cells can either be taken from the bone marrow from a donor or the patient themselves.
The procedure of stem cell transplant is to transfuse these "Master Cells" into the body of the patient. The best part about this kind of transplant is that there is no need for a perfect match for the patient. The reason is that the stem cells obtained from other resources found are less mature. Secondly, there is a lesser risk of getting any infection at the time of transfusion of a patient undergoing a cord blood transplant.
In a person’s life, one can be easily get a life threatening disease so it is always safe to take precautionary measures. So in order to cop with future ailments and one such way is to save is that the Umbilical Cord Blood.
• The Importance Of Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant
In debilitating conditions, Cord blood stem cell transplants can successfully treat diseases of the neural cells, heart and liver. Any type of organ or tissue can be developed though the Stem cells that have been harvested from umbilical cord blood of a newborn baby. Umbilical Blood Cord can also be used to repair organs and tissue that are damaged during heart attacks and strokes.
• Umbilical cord blood stem cells and adult leukemia
So for many years Umbilical cord stem cells are frequently used to treat childhood leukemia. Nevertheless, in past years blood cord stem cells transplantation has been used to treat the adults suffering from leukemia from unrelated donors.
• Umbilical cord blood stem cells and spinal cord injuries
In the republic of Korea, a 37-year old woman that had been paralyzed for 19 years due to an accident and a team of researchers claimed to have successfully transplanted umbilical cord blood stem cells into her spine. Doctors inserted the stem cells directly into the damaged part of her spine, and within three weeks she began walking with a help of an assistant. Today she walks fine without help.
Although there has been improvement in stem cell research, the future of umbilical cord blood transplant is perfectly clear as the blue sky. And as more uses are discovered through research, the future looks promising.
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