Umbilical cord blood effective in treating Hurler's syndrome

05/6/2004 | MSNBC

The use of discarded blood from umbilical cords is proving to be an effective treatment for children with the often fatal Hurler's syndrome, which affects one in 100,000 newborns. The inherited disease, which is caused by the accumulation of chemicals in the skull, face, brain and heart, can be treated with a bone marrow transplant from a compatible donor, but if one is not found, children often die of heart failure by age 10. Research showed, however, that cord blood was effective in treating 17 out of 20 children.

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