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Revista Cubana de Hematología, Inmunología y Hemoterapia

versión impresa ISSN 0864-0289versión On-line ISSN 1561-2996


RIVERO JIMENEZ, René A. Toward a national program for the collection and criopreservation of cord blood cells in Cuba. Rev Cubana Hematol Inmunol Hemoter [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.1, pp.1-19. ISSN 0864-0289.

During the last 50 years, stem cell (SC) allogenic transplant has been an everyday most used form of treatment for the cure of malignant hemopathies and other non-malignant diseases and genetic disorders, such as sickle cell disease and some primary immunodeficiency. Nevertheless, the lack of adequate donors caused by patients without histocompatible brothers or relatives has made it necessary to look for alternatives in "non-related" donors to guarantee the efficacy and security of transplants. A commonly used source is cord blood (CB); nowadays also known as a source of SC for regenerative medicine. Collection and cryopreservation in CB banks (CBB) have become a reality in many countries due to the importance of these treatments, and to their multiple advantages. Nevertheless, these facilities are subject to national and international regulations, guided by standards and accreditation process. Having a public CBB in Cuba is a need for the development of our National Health System which will allow us to solve the actual donor problem and will allow the international exchange in the struggle for a better public health care.

Palabras clave : transplant; blood; umbilical cord; histocompatibility; HLA.

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