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Stem Cell Transplant For Spinal Cord Injury
Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A stem cell transplant may be needed if you have a disease that damages the cells in the bone marrow or if your received high doses of chemotherapy or radiation. Depending on the type of transplant, your procedure may be called a bone marrow transplant, a cord blood transplant, or a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. All three use stem cells, which are immature cells that give rise to specific cell types. Stem cell transplants are similar to blood transfusions and generally ...Read more
What research is currently in progress or has been done involving stem cells on spinal cord injury?
A few studies: Are under way. The first study to test embryonic stem cells in the us has closed after limited implementation..There is a n adult stem cell trial bieng implemented via the miami project. It was aproved by the fda in the last year or so. There are also more trials bieng performed in other countries. The sci professional community reccomends close scrutiny of any project outside of the us. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?
My opinion - no: Connections within the spinal cord are very complex. Injury is often very severe with destruction of structures, infarction, necrosis, etc. Cells send fibers from the brain to the muscles through very complex pathways. A simple stem cell can not replace these connections. Atrophy of muscles will not be helped. Bowel and bladder function may not be helped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?
Cure 4 paralysis?: In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Experimental: Although positive results have occurred in annals treated with stem cells and two humans were recently reported to gain sensation it is still experimental with nothing yet reaching the stage of clinical trials as yet. ...Read more
Nothing;: Don't get stem cell transplants! they are unproven and potentially risky, especially when used in breasts. Some cells die and cause scar tissue and calcification that can mimic cancer on mammogran, or interfere with the detection of cancer. Most "stem cell" transplants are hype and marketing right now, though some legitimate research is going on. Check the academic credentials of "surgeon!". ...Read more
Love of Cancer: My answer is tongue in cheek, but only a bit so. Be very careful. Stem cell transplants are all experimental at this point and many clinical trials of various stem cell treatments have resulted in serious malignancies (a risk inherent in playing with stem cells is that they grow into things other than what you want). If you join a trial, get a full disclaimer of known risks and history of outcomes. ...Read more
Yes: This is a very difficult question today because every situation with myeloma is different. We do not double transplant all myeloma patients like we have done in the past. It is sometimes reasonable if the first was previously successful and donor cells remain. We now have so many treatments for myeloma that sometimes we do an allogeneic transplant or treat with other drugs (velcade, carfilzomab. ...Read more
In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more
Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more
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