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Stem cells in the cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta tissue are genetically unique to your baby and family. They can be used to treat various medical problems for your child, his or her siblings, and other family members.

With more than 80 diseases now treatable using cord blood stem cells and over 50 clinical trials underway using cord and placenta tissue, the motivation for collecting these valuable and potentially life-saving cells is clear. When you save these stem cells with Americord®, you ensure that they are securely stored for you and your family’s future needs.


Found in Cord Blood -> Fetal Stem Cells -> 100% genetic match to your baby -> 25% chance of sibling perfect genetic match -> 50% chance of sibling partial genetic match -> Diseases


Acute Leukemia

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
  • Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia
  • Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia

Chronic Leukemia

  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Juvenile Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (JCML)
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)

Myelodysplastic Syndromes
(sometimes called pre-leukemia)

  • Refractory Anemia
  • Refractory Anemia with Ringed Sideroblasts (Sideroblastic Anemia)
  • Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts
  • Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts in Transformation
  • Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML)


  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Burkitt’s Lymphoma)

Other Disorders of Blood Cell Proliferation


  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia
  • Fanconi Anemia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Inherited Red Cell Abnormalities

  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Beta Thalassemia Major (Cooley’s Anemia)
  • Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
  • Pure Red Cell Aplasia

Inherited Platelet Abnormalities

  • Amegakaryocytosis / Congenital Thrombocytopenia
  • Glanzmann Thrombasthenia

Inherited Immune System Disorders: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

  • SCID with Adenosine Deaminase Deficiency (ADA-SCID)
  • SCID which is X-linked
  • SCID with absence of T & B Cells
  • SCID with absence of T Cells, Normal B Cells
  • Omenn Syndrome

Inherited Immune System Disorders: Neutropenias

  • Infantile Genetic Agranulocytosis (Kostmann Syndrome)
  • Myelokathexis

Inherited Immune System Disorders: Other

  • Ataxia-Telangiectasia
  • Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome
  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency
  • DiGeorge Syndrome
  • Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
  • Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency

Lymphoproliferative Disorders

  • Lymphoproliferative Disorder, X-linked (Epstein-Barr Virus Susceptibility)
  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

Myeloproliferative Disorders

  • Acute Myelofibrosis
  • Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia (Myelofibrosis)
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Essential Thrombocythemia

Phagocyte Disorders

  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome
  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease
  • Neutrophil Actin Deficiency
  • Reticular Dysgenesis

Bone Marrow Cancers

  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Plasma Cell Leukemia
  • Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

Transplants for Inherited Disorders Affecting the Immune System & Other Organs

  • Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia
  • Gunther’s Disease (Erythropoietic Porphyria)
  • Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome
  • Pearson’s Syndrome
  • Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome
  • Systemic Mastocytosis

Transplants for Inherited Metabolic Disorders

  • Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) Storage Diseases
  • Hurler’s Syndrome (MPS-IH)
  • Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS)
  • Hunter Syndrome (MPS-II)
  • Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS-III)
  • Morquio Syndrome (MPS-IV)
  • Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome (MPS-VI)
  • Sly Syndrome (MPS-VII) (Beta-Glucuronidase Deficiency)
  • Mucolipidosis II (I-cell Disease)

Leukodystrophy Disorders

  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • Krabbe Disease (Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy)
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
  • Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease

Lysosomal Storage Diseases

  • Niemann-Pick Disease
  • Sandhoff Disease
  • Wolman Disease

Inherited Disorders: Other

  • Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
  • Osteopetrosis

Solid Tumors Not Originating in the Blood or Immune System

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Retinoblastoma
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Found in Cord Blood -> Fetal Stem Cells | Found in Placenta Tissue -> Maternal Stem Cells => 100% genetic match to your baby -> 25% chance of sibling perfect genetic match -> 50% chance of sibling partial genetic match -> Diseases

Clinical trials involving MSCs for treatments and therapies include:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Burns
  • Hearing Loss
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Solid Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Graft-versus-host Disease (GvHD)
  • Kidney plus stem cell transplant
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Congenital Defects
  • Support for Misc. Open Cardiac Surgery
  • Hypo plastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Grow Vascular Graft
  • Ischemia
  • Critical Limb Ischemia
  • Compartment Syndrome (Battlefield Trauma)
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Repair
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Alveolar Cleft Palate Repair
  • Knee Cartilage repair
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa
  • HIV
  • Lysosomal Storage Disease
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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