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Effect of cord blood processing on transplantation outcomes after single myeloablative umbilical cord blood transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2015 Apr;21(4):688-95 PMID: 25543094 PMCID: PMC4359657

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Variations in cord blood manufacturing and administration are common, and the optimal practice is not known. We compared processing and banking practices at 16 public cord blood banks (CBB) in the United States and assessed transplantation outcomes on 530 single umbilical cord blood (UCB) myeloablative transplantations for hematologic malignancies facilitated by these banks. UCB banking practices were separated into 3 mutually exclusive groups based on whether processing was automated or manual, units were plasma and red blood cell reduced, or buffy coat production method or plasma reduced. Compared with the automated processing system for units, the day 28 neutrophil recovery was significantly lower after transplantation of units that were manually processed and plasma reduced (red cell replete) (odds ratio, .19; P = .001) or plasma and red cell reduced (odds ratio, .54; P = .05). Day 100 survival did not differ by CBB. However, day 100 survival was better with units that were thawed with the dextran-albumin wash method compared with the "no wash" or "dilution only" techniques (odds ratio, 1.82; P = .04). In conclusion, CBB processing has no significant effect on early (day 100) survival despite differences in kinetics of neutrophil recovery.

Author List

Ballen KK, Logan BR, Laughlin MJ, He W, Ambruso DR, Armitage SE, Beddard RL, Bhatla D, Hwang WY, Kiss JE, Koegler G, Kurtzberg J, Nagler A, Oh D, Petz LD, Price TH, Quinones RR, Ratanatharathorn V, Rizzo JD, Sazama K, Scaradavou A, Schuster MW, Sender LS, Shpall EJ, Spellman SR, Sutton M, Weitekamp LA, Wingard JR, Eapen M


Mary Eapen MBBS, DCh, MRCPI, MS Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Brent R. Logan PhD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
J. Douglas D. Rizzo MD, MS Director, Ctr Associate Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child, Preschool
Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Transplantation Conditioning
jenkins-FCD Prod-299 9ef562391eceb2b8f95265c767fbba1ce5a52fd6