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Can Stem Cells Be Applied In Heart Valve Transplant Right Now
Presently, no: There is a center in kansas city working on this very thing but it is currently at the animal level of experimentation. This is a great question and someday, if this procedure is perfected to use in humans, it will revolutionize pediatric valve surgery as the valve will grow with the recipient, obviating the need for reoperation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
It's complicated: The purpose of the tricuspid valve is to allow forward glow into the right ventricle and not leak. Malfunctioning tricuspid valves are repaired or replaced (not transplanted). If and when this is appropriate depends on things like the function of your heart, presence and degree of heart failure, overall medical condition, and other heart problems. ...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
No: it should not affect heart valveGet a more detailed answer ›
Stem Cells: Yes. Stem Cell procedures, aka Mesenchymal stem cells are being done in the United States. The procedure is safe and possibly effective for certain conditions. The stem cells are harvested from your bone marrow or fat. They are then concentrated and injected into the area of concern. It is investigational and not covered by insurance. I wrote a blog article on this at www.MyOrthoDoc.com/blog ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Certain cancers: Blood stem cell or bone marrow transplantation is used to treat certain hematologic malignancies (blood cancers) such as leukemia. They can also be used for bone marrow failure, certain hemoblglobin disorders such as sickle cell anemia, and some genetic disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Used non-manipulated: Use of adult mesenchymal stem-stromal cells (mscs) are currently in clinical trial in us/internationally. Trend is toward use of fat derived mscs, havested by liposuction, isolated and concentrated in tissue culture. Early reports suggest significant improvement in neurological, autoimmune and organ functions. Many more mscs in fat than bone marrow making ad-msc the center of most research now. ...Read more
A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more
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