Get access

Unrelated donor cord blood transplantation for non-malignant disorders in children and adolescents


  • [Correction added on 3rd January 2014, after first online publication: Jae Min Lee has been added to the author's list.]


This study analyzes the data reported to the Korean Cord Blood Registry between 1994 and 2008, involving children and adolescents with non-malignant diseases. Sixty-five patients were evaluated in this study: SAA (n = 24), iBMFS, (n = 16), and primary immune deficiency/inherited metabolic disorder (n = 25). The CI of neutrophil recovery was 73.3% on day 42. By day 100, the CI of acute grade II–IV graft-versus-host disease was 32.3%. At a median follow-up of 71 months, five-yr OS was 50.7%. The survival rate (37.5%) and CI of neutrophil engraftment (37.5%) were lowest in patients with iBMFS. Deaths were mainly due to infection, pulmonary complications, and hemorrhage. In a multivariate analysis, the presence of >3.91 × 105/kg of infused CD34 +  cells was the only factor consistently identified as significantly associated with neutrophil engraftment (p = 0.04) and OS (p = 0.03). UCBT using optimal cell doses appears to be a feasible therapy for non-malignant diseases in children and adolescents for whom there is no appropriate HLA-matched related donor. Strategies to reduce transplant-related toxicities would improve the outcomes of UCBT in non-malignant diseases.