Cord Blood Endothelial Colony-Forming Cells from Newborns with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

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Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are decreased in the cord blood of preterm infants with moderate-to-severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia. We quantified ECFCs from infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a neonatal disorder with severe lung hypoplasia. Unlike newborns who develop bronchopulmonary dysplasia, those with congenital diaphragmatic hernia had increased and highly-proliferative cord blood ECFCs.

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