HLA Tissue-typing is central to all transplantation, including cord blood. Having your tissue-typed will provide a documented record of your child’s tissue-type, should the need arise for transplantation.
The following flow chart depicts the different types of connective tissue and how they are characterized. Connective tissue is characterized with more matrix than cell body, varying vascularity, and often specialized to support, bind, and protect organs. They are the most abundant and diverse tissue type. They can be categorized as fibrous (loose and dense connective tissue), supportive (cartilage, bone), or fluid (blood). See individual pictures for more detail.