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When should I complete the application for cord blood donation?

The application form must be completed no later than the 36th week of pregnancy and at least a month before the expected delivery date giving to the mother sufficient time to be informed and be certain about her decision. Furthermore the necessary time is given for evaluation, screening, and approval of the application and timely preparation of the collection package.

In case of a multiple pregnancy, may I still make a cord blood donation?

In case of a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets) cord blood donation cannot be accepted due to the increased risk of mixed circulation with unknown effect to the patient but also for safety reasons during a complicated delivery procedure. Additionally the CBs oſten do not meet the quantitative and qualitative criteria for storage.

What happens if I have a premature delivery?

In cases of a premature delivery, that is under 36 weeks, the cord blood donation to the public registry cannot take place because the quantity of the cells in the cord blood is usually insufficient for transplantation.

Is the collection and storage of the cord blood always successful?

There is no guarantee that the cord blood will be collected and/or stored. The collection is not considered appropriate in case of complications during delivery (i.e. fever of the mother or premature rupture of membranes, etc.). The cord blood may also be rejected for storage due to low quantity or viability of the cells contained in the unit or for other reasons that may affect its suitability for transplantation.

Why are blood samples from the mother needed? 

Samples from the mother are tissue typed and tested for infectious diseases (e.g. Hepatitis, CMV, HIV, etc.). The remaining blood sample is stored in the event that additional tests may be requested for transplantation purposes.

If needed will my family have a priority in finding a donor?

All patients in need of a transplant are treated in the same way without given any priority if they had registered as volunteer bone marrow donors or have donated their child’s cord blood in the past. The services of Karaiskakio Foundation are provided free of charge to all patients residents of Cyprus.

Is it possible part of the cord blood to be stored for my family?

The stem cells contained in the cord blood stored are limited in quantity; therefore, the whole cord blood unit is provided for transplantation purposes. In some cases a second unit of cord blood is further needed to cover the requirements of the transplant.

Is cord blood tissue stored in addition to cord blood?

At the moment such need is not documented for medical purposes, therefore cord blood tissue is not stored.

For how many years can the cord blood be stored?

The cord blood may be stored in liquid nitrogen for 20 years without its quality being altered.

When should I complete the application for cord blood donation?

The application form must be completed no later than the 36th week of pregnancy and at least a month before the expected delivery date giving to the mother sufficient time to be informed and be certain about her decision. Furthermore the necessary time is given for evaluation, screening, and approval of the application and timely preparation of the collection package.


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