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What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?

What are the differences between a public umbilical cord blood bank and a private umbilical cord blood bank?

Interesting question: I have never been asked this during my time in private practice. I enjoyed researching the answer and felt this was the most informative article. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/features/banking-your-babys-cord-blood ...Read more

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Cord Blood (Definition)

Blood from the umbilical cord contains stem cells that can be used for blood ...Read more


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How safe is mismatched umbilical cord blood transfusion?

How safe is mismatched umbilical cord blood transfusion?

Depends: Infants usually do not react adversely to mismatched blood immediately. How did the infant get this mismatched cord blood? In some countries where there is no immediate source of blood, there is something called 'walking donor'-which has saved many a life. While I am not concerned, the blood bank can tell you prior to the next transfusion if there are any antibodies produced from such a case. ...Read more

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What is cord blood banking?

What is cord blood banking?

Saving cord blood: After the delivery of the baby and the cord is clamped and cut, there is residual blood left in the placenta and cord. This blood is full of stem cells which we use to treat certain diseases. We collect this blood and the bank separates out the stem cells and keeps them in case you or your family needs them later. There is also public banking that saves the cells for anyone who needs them. ...Read more

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Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

Should we save our baby's umbilical cord stump?

Some people do: Once the cord stump dries up and falls off, it's harmless and some people do keep it for a memento. What to keep in a baby box or album is a very personal decision, and also varies with culture. But dried cord stump poses no risk of carrying infections or anything bad. Also, the dried cord stump has no potential future medical use (banking cord blood is totally different process). ...Read more

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Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go through the white blood count filtering process. Any explanations?

Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go through the white blood count filtering process. Any explanations?

Cryoprotein?: Your mother may have a protein in her blood that precipitates out when the temperature of blood drops, as it would during the filtration process. This is only one plausible explanation. You should inquire with the blood bank. ...Read more

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What are the benefits if I bank my baby's umbilical cord blood?

What are the benefits if I bank my baby's umbilical cord blood?

Comfort: With advances in technology your newborns cord blood can be stored as a hedge against future needs.Stem cells from the cord blood could be used in the future as part of a treatment for such devistating illnesses as leukemia.Future research may allow us to use them to help build spare parts. Some parents do for personal use.Some hospitals collect them for a stem cell bank that might help others. ...Read more

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Will forcep delivery damage my babys brain?

Will forcep delivery damage my babys brain?

Rarely: In skilled hands, forceps delivery is safe and can reduce the chance of birth injury by assisting a difficult birth. By protecting the baby's head and speeding the birth process, there is a higher risk for birth injuries to the mother. ...Read more

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How do the stem cells from umbilical cord blood stem cells differ from umbilical cord?

How do the stem cells from umbilical cord blood stem cells differ from umbilical cord?

They are the same: You drain blood from umblical cord and collect cd34 + cells for transplant. ...Read more

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Blood test to detect spinal bifida in unborn babies?

Blood test to detect spinal  bifida in unborn babies?

Screening/ Diagnosis: Screening tests take general populations (pregnant ) and selects sub groups that have a higher risk of a problem. The AFP test looks for a material that can show up in the blood & suggest a higher risk of a spina bifida. If the test shows a higher risk, a selective test, like high resolution ultrasound can be done to look for the spina bifida. ...Read more

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Is cord blood banking worth the cost?

Probably not.: Tissue banks will charge you money to store the cord blood cells of your baby. These cells include stem cells that could be used as a source for bone marrow transplant later in childhood, but often there are not enough cells to use for a full grown adult. Since childhood cancer or aplastic anemia is so rare, the vast majority of times the cost is not worth it. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?

35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?

Ultrasound: First question, why US at 35 weeks? Have there been problems with pregnancy? This is not uncommon and not real risk for child at this point. Not much room in there at this point to move around. At delivery very common to find cord around neck. Usually very easy to deal with. I would not worry. Hope this helps. Good luck with rest of pregnancy (the hard part now at this phase) and the deliver ...Read more

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Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Umbilical cord prolapse caused a 30 second lack of oxygen to the baby during delivery. Will the baby be okay?

Only 30 ???: I am reluctant to accept the initial statement as realistic. Once a cord begins to prolapse it can produce an intermittent but complete obstruction to blood flow that may add up to a significant o2 deficit over time.I'm not sure anyone can estimate the insult accurately.If only 30, probably no long term effect. If low 1/5/10 min apgars and seizures in the 1st 24hr,it was longer and more problemat ...Read more

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When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

When will my infant's umbilical cord fall off?

1 weeks: The umbilical cord usually falls off in the first 7-10 days. May take up to two weeks. If you were told to clean with alcohol, then do so once a day. Cleaning every diaper change with alcohol keeps it too clean and delays falling off.Once it falls off it will stink for a week or so. Then you can clean every change with alcohol. ...Read more

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Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go thru the white blood count filter process. Any explanations? Could't find anything on google

Blood bank won't accept my mother's blood b/c it won't go thru the white blood count filter process. Any explanations? Could't find anything on google

Seems like we: Don't have the full story. All rbc products are leukoreduced (wbc removed). I cannot think of a rationale of why that would be a problem for a donor. See if you can get some specifics. ...Read more

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Is a 2 vessel cord baby and high blood pressure later in life related?

Is a 2 vessel cord baby and high blood pressure later in life related?

Unlikely: Two vessel cords are occasionally seen with a variety of birth defects, usually very obvious at birth. The observant doc will pursue a good exam and follow up on the issue as needed.Most often, this is just a curiosity with no associated health problems. ...Read more

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How far back can baby cord blood be tested?

How far back can baby cord blood be tested?

Stem cells: Cord blood is stored as stem cells which are viable for up to 16 years for sure and likely a lot longer. It collected by a special method at birth and stored in a designated place. All the best. ...Read more

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Are 2 vessel cord baby's and high blood pressure later in life related?

Are 2 vessel cord baby's and high blood pressure later in life related?

Possibly: 2 vessel umbelical cord is interestingly related to renal abnormalities. one of the causes of persistant hypertension at an early age is involved with the renin angiotensin mechanism related to the vascular supply and integrety of the kidney ...Read more

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My son needs paternity test 4 yrs 5mos postunmatched donor cord blood transplant? Thoughts? Buccal swab causing problems pediatric hemoc question

Non blood tissue: The unrelated donor stem cell transplant prevents the use of blood cells for paternity testing of the child. Next step is usually buccal swab, but you indicate there are problems with this. Final step is a skin biopsy, but this is invasive. I would question why a buccal smear could not be done, and would repeat buccal swab before moving on to skin biopsy. ...Read more

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