What is Cord Tissue?
An additional source of valuable stem cells.
The tissue of your baby's umbilical cord is an abundant source of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) which are different than the types of stem cells found in your baby's cord blood. MSCs have the unique ability to rapidly divide, regenerate and differentiate themselves into a wide range of cells types. These powerful cells are showing great potential in clinical research for conditions affecting cartilage, muscle and nerve cells. 19
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Why consider banking cord tissue?
More Cells. More Treatment Options. More Healing Potential.
More and more families are choosing to bank their baby's cord tissue because of its:
TREATMENT POTENTIAL: Researchers are exploring areas of potential use for cartilage, muscle, and nerve conditions including Parkinson’s disease, lung cancer, sports injuries, and autism.20,25,26,126 A Phase I clinical trial is currently underway at Duke University Medical Center to determine the safety of using cord tissue stem cells in children with autism.
COMPATIBILITY: Immediate biological family members could benefit from your baby’s cord tissue stem cells, with parents having a 100% likelihood of being compatible, siblings having a 75% likelihood of being compatible, and grandparents having a 25% likelihood of being compatible.16,50
What's all the excitement about?
Cord tissue stem cells have the ability to help repair areas of damage or inflammation due to trauma, disease or dysfunction. A significant amount of research is underway to better understand how cord tissue stem cells could play a role in future therapies. Researchers are also focusing on a wide range of potential treatment areas, including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Type 1 diabetes
- Lung cancer
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries (cartilage)
Our Cord Tissue Service Is Different. It Matters.
Our lab is AABB accredited for processing and storing newborn stem cells from both cord tissue and cord blood.
When it comes to your baby's umbilical cord tissue we go the extra step to extract cord tissue stem cells prior to storage to best prepare them for potential use. Our process can recover all the stem cell types from the cord tissue – to get your family more cells.40
And we store your cells in a five compartment bag, providing you with more options and greater flexibility if the cells are ever used. Our cord tissue service is different - and it matters.
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How is cord tissue collected?
Just like our cord blood collection process, collecting cord tissue is a simple process.
Collecting cord tissue is safe, painless and will not interfere with your birth plan or your bonding time with your new baby.
After your baby is born, your medical professional will clamp and cut the umbilical cord. The blood will be collected from the cord so all that is left is the tissue of the umbilical cord. Your medical professional will cut and place the remaining umbilical cord tissue in a sterile, protective storage cup that is provided in our collection kit.
When the collection is complete, we'll send a courier to pick up your collection kit for delivery to our processing lab. There, ViaCord’s lab specialists extract the stem cells from the umbilical cord tissue, prior to storage, to prepare the cells for future medical use.
Read more about our process and storage technique here