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Diseases Treatable with Cord Blood Stem Cells

The list of diseases treatable with cord blood stem cells continues to grow.  From humble beginnings, in the 1980's, when only one patient had been treated and only one disease was proven to be treatable, to today, where seventy-six diseases are now treatable and nearly 6000 families have been helped, cord blood stem cells are a modern day miracle for many people.  Listed below are the diseases for which cord blood stem cells are known to be useful.  In time, we hope and expect to add many more diseases to this list including:  autism, breast cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, burns, etc.  Your baby's cord blood stem cells are not only useful for your baby, but also for close genetic relatives, such as the baby's siblings. In fact, for some diseases, such as sickle cell anemia, only cord blood from a close relative or genetically matched donor would be considered acceptable, since it would be pointless to give a child with this disease his/her own cord blood as treatment. This is one of the reasons why it is important to store the cord blood for each of your children. As of now, the leading use of cord blood is for a child's sibling.

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Hodgkin’s disease
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Acute myeloid leukemia
Chronic myeloid leukemia
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome
Burkitt lymphoma
Cytopenia related to monosomy 7
Familia histocytosis
Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Lymphomatiod granulomatosis
Myelodysplasia syndrome


Hematologic Disorders


Amegarakarocytic thrombocytopenia

Autoimmune neutropenia (severe)

Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia

Cyclic neutropenia

Diamond Blackfan anemia

Evan’s syndrome

Fanconi anemia

Glanzmann’s disease

Hypoproliferative anemia

Juvenile dermatomyositis

Juvenile xanthogranulomas

Kostmanns syndrome


Red cell aplasia

Refractory anemia

Schwachman Syndrome

Severe aplastic anemia

Systemic mastocytosis

Severe neonatal thrombocytopenia

Congenital sideroblastic anemia

Thrombocytopenia with absent radius (TAR syndrome)


Alpha-thalassemia intermedia (hemoglobin H disease)

Alpha-thalassemia major (hydrops fetalis)

Beta thalassemia major (Cooley’s anemia)

Beta thalassemia intermedia

E-beta thalassemiaE beta + thalassemia

Immune Deficiencies


Ataxia telangectasia
Cartilage-hair hypoplasia
Chronic granulomatous disease
DiGeorge syndrome
IKK gamma deficiency
Immune dysregulaton polyendocrinopathy
Mucolipidosis, Type II
X-linked immunodeficiency
Severe combined immunodeficiency
Adenosine desaminase deficiency
Wiscott-Aldrich syndrome
X-linked agammaglobulinemia
X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome


Metabolic Disorders


Gaucher’s disease (infantile)
Metachromatic leukodystrophy 
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (Krabbe disease)
Gunther disease
Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome
Hurler syndrome
Herler-Scheie syndrome
Hunter Syndrome
Sanfilippo syndrome
Maroteau-Lamy Syndrome
Mucolipidosis Types II, III
Alpha mannosidosis
Neimann Pick Syndrome, types A & B
Sandoff Syndrome
Tay Sachs Disease


Sickle Cell Disorders


Sickle cell anemia (hemoglobin SS)
HbSC disease
Sickle Beta thalassemia
Sickle Beta + thalassemia

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