How can I see if my child has a compatible bone marrow donor in the family?

HLA-typing is the test required to identify a compatible family donor, generally a brother or sister and more rarely mother or father. HLA-typing can be performed in most countries, costs and reliability however are quite variable. We recommend to do high-resolution sequence-based typing of HLA A, B, C, DRB1, DQB1 and DPB1 (see pubblication). This top-level HLA-typing is offered free-of-cost by Cure2Children thanks to DKMS-Germany (see Free HLA typing project)   

These answers have been prepared by:
- Dr. Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children medical team coordinator
- Dr. Sadaf Khalid, Cure2Children Pakistan branch coordinator