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Autologous Melanocyte Transplant
Hi, I'm 18 years old and i have vitiligo. I have the focal type and it's been been stable for 8 months. Can i go under melanocyte transplantation?
Be careful: Vitiligo while cosmetically concerning, is a harmless condition. Melanocyte transplantation is not a recognized treatment and it may be suggested by some one trying to separate you from your money. I would recommend leaving it alone. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...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
I have lcdd and mm. I had done an autologous transplant 18 months ago and now i need to have valcade for 3-6 months. What are my chances of recovery?
I am not sure what: Lcdd is, but the fact that you are being recommended for further treatment 18 months after an autograft suggests the mm is progressing at least in terms of what can be measured in the laboratory. There are many post transplant treatment strategies in mm, but specifics relative to your personal prognosis can not be extrapolated from the information given. ...Read more
Saving insulin: When an islet cell transplant has to be performed it means that the pancreatectomy was total. The pancreas is an exocrine (digestive juice) and endocrine gland from the Islets of Langerhans. When all are removed, islet transplant helps retain endocrine activity including insulin production. ...Read more
Total pancreas out: Most of the islet cells that produce glucagon and insulin are in the body and distal pancreas so that to have them removed requires a total pancreatectomy. Autologous transplants are being performed at the present time by Dr.Horatio Rilo but if not perfomed. hormone replacement required as wll as pancratin for digestion. ...Read more
Means of treatment: In some cases, the best way to treat the disease, especially if it has come back after initial treatment is to use doses of chemotherapy or radiation which is high enough to destroy normal bone marrow cells. To "rescue" these cells, they are stimulated with drugs before high dose therapy that cause very immature cells called stem cells to enter the blood where they can be collected and given back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stem cell transplant: An autologous bone marrow or stem cell transplant involves giving a patient high doses of chemotherapy followed by infusion of their own bone marrow or blood stem cells. It is a treatment generally used to treat certain blood cancers. Rarely it is used for certain solid tumors. There are clinical trials evaluating the role of these transplants for certain autoimmune disorders too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 4-6 weeks: There are 2 steps- the first is to collect your stem cells which usually is a 5-15 day process. Then the next step is the transplant phase which usually involves about a week of therapy, then getting your own saved cells thawed and infused back to you like a blood transfusion (over an hour for instance), then 2-4 weeks of recovery. ...Read more
High dose chemo: This is a treatment that uses very high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation to treat cancers. The doses are so high that the normal bone marrow is destroyed. The patient's own bone marrow or stem cells are then reinfused to allow the bone marrow to recover. It is used for certain cancers and some autoimmune diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
These are the cells in the bottom layer of the epidermis (the part of the skin that on the outside that is continually regrowing). They inject melanin pigment into the surrounding cells. Common pigmented lesions of the skin are composed of various arrangements of ...Read more
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