In Utero Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation For The Treatment Of Fetuses With Alpha Thalassemia Major
Dr. MacKenzie and her team at UCSF are using hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to treat babies in the womb who have alpha thalassemia major, a blood disorder that is almost always fatal. Current treatment requires in utero blood transfusions and monthly blood transfusions for life or a bone marrow transplant if a suitable donor is identified. In this trial, HSCs are taken from the mother’s bone marrow and transplanted into the baby before birth. The mother’s cells are able to survive and correct the defect in the baby’s blood cells, increasing the chances of a healthy birth and improving the chances of having effective treatments after birth.
Single arm, non-randomised study.
Safety and feasibility, efficacy.