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Cord blood transplants may restore defective immune systems

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:948
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Doctors have successfully transplanted umbilical cord blood from unrelated donors to treat three children with defective immune systems. Banked, unrelated umbilical cord blood was used to reconstitute the defective immune systems of two brothers with X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome (XLP) aged 8 months and 4 years and another 11 year old boy with X-linked hyper-IgM immunodeficiency (XHIM).

    Two years after the transplants the boys seem to …

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