Umbilical Cord Blood: a Guide for the Primary Care Physician
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2013.0415-0418german translation / full article
Summary: Umbilical cord blood stem cells are an excellent alternative to bone marrow to treat leukemia in adults and children. They are collected after birth in a risk free procedure for mother and child, stored in stem cell banks and retrieved almost immediately when needed. Research data support the fact that these cells in the future are possibly used more widely for the treatment of many other diseases. Different studies are currently conducted worlwide on this topic. Hypoxic-ischemic brain injury is one example.