Spotlight On Cord Blood Transplant
Reminds Them Of A VA Med First
Letters To The Editor – Virginia Medical Quarterly 1990;117:282
Considerable recent attention has been given to the use of umbilical cord blood for bone marrow transplantation by the medical literature as well as the lay press and television. This letter is written to address the fact that it was the Virginia Medical Monthly that published the original article on this usage in 1972 and raised the possibility of umbilical cord blood banks.
The clinical work was performed in Petersburg, VA, and the laboratory studies in Atlanta, GA. The article reported a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who obtained a documented temporary graft following administration of a relatively small quantity of umbilical cord blood matched only for ABO typing.