Human Leukocyte Antigens

Ever Wonder How Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients Find The Donors They Need?

Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) are the proteins found in your genetic makeup that help providers find a transplant donation match for those who need it. The process that doctors use to identify a potential match is called HLA typing. For cord blood stem cell therapy, HLA typing is also used. StemCyte is proud to offer HLA typing as one of the many services.

Why Do I Need HLA Typing?

The transplant process can be long and complicated. This is especially true for those who need bone marrow transplants, which is one of the reasons why the typing process was initially created. HLA are used by your immune system to determine which cells belong in your body to maintain health.

Attempting to introduce a sample of cells into the body, like stem cells that have a low HLA match, means that the body is more likely to see those cells as intruders. When the introduced cells (in this case, the stem cell transplants) are rejected, that means the whole process must start all over again.

If you require a transplant urgently, it is beneficial for future use to have HLA typing done on the units at the time of banking. HLA typing is an additional service, but is recommended if:

  • There is a high chance that your child could be a potential donor for a family member in need of transplant.
  • There is a high chance that diseases in your family history can be treated with stem cell therapy using banked cord blood or cord tissue stem cells.
  • You want to ensure the best and swiftest treatment for your child in the future should they need it.
About our partners in HLA Typing

HLA typing is done in conjunction with LabCorp. With headquarters in Burlington, North Carolina, this respected diagnostics and life sciences company provides diagnostics, drug development, and other critical services to medical organizations worldwide. One of the oldest diagnostics companies in the United States, LabCorp has been in operation for over 100 years. 

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