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Autologous banking means in medical terminology that parents decide to collect cord blood after birth and save it for their own baby for future autologous transplantation. When a child is diagnosed with a disease which affects the blood or immune system, it is preferable to treat the child with somebody else's stem cells that do not contain any predisposition towards the disease (an allogeneic transplant, from a donor who is either related or unrelated).  Autologous cord blood transplantions are performed for solid tumors like Neuroblastoma, or for acquired blood diseases like Aplastic Anemia.

Within the past few years, clinical trials have begun to explore the efficacy of autologous cord blood infusions for the correction of other pediatric conditions including Diabetes Type 1 and cerebral palsy and other newborn brain disorders. According to a thorough research of Frances Verter up to now 206 children have been treated with their own cord blood.

Autologous donation is a service offered by Vivocell´s private cord blood bank which will collect, process and store your baby's umbilical cord blood for a fee.  

For further informations please download our parents' guide or fill in our contact sheet. 

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