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How Can Fat Cells Be Able To Help People With Spinal Cord Injuries
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 1 more doctor answer
Still researching: There is a possibility that fat cells may be able to stimulate regeneration of damaged nerve cells. This research, however, is still in its infancy, and is not ready for clinical use. Several academic centers are doing basic laboratory research to see if this may be a potential treatment option. ...Read more
Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some may not: Be able to control their bowels. Depending on the level of injury and whether it is a complete or incomplete injury, a spinal cord patient may or may not be able to control their bowels. Some will get on a strict bowel regimen to help and others may need other interventions. ...Read more
Clinical Trial Now: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please can drugs be given to stroke patient to heal and repair the damaged nerves and other parts, and also so help recovering process?
See below: This would depend on the level of the spinal cord injury which could involve the lowest spinal segments and little dysfunction up to the neck region which could result in total paralysis and even dysfunction of basic functions like breathing and heart beat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on: What you mean by recover. With proper medication, therapy, social support, and psychoeducation (learning about your triggers, stressors, and your emotional limits), many with bipolar can live fairly normal lives. Problems arise when people with bipolar fail to realize that it is often a chronic relapsing disease and stop taking their medications (especially when they miss the manic highs). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Environmentally: Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature. Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In 10-20 years do you think stem cells will be able to regrow damaged nerves of the autonomic system?
Hard to say: The fantastic thing about stem cells is that they have the ability to become just about any cell, fat, bone, muscle or nerve. Remember that it is not so much the type of cell but where it is located. Muscle cells are muscle cells but the biceps is different than those that make the forehead wrinkle. As science advances, I am betting the answer will be a "yes". ...Read more
How can tumour on the thoracic vertebrae be cured and what can we do to prevent it from being more serious?
See a specialist: You do not give enough information to answer accurately. You should see someone in your area that treats spinal tumors. The exact treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis. Treatment depends on the type of tumor, exactly where it is in the spine, & your symptoms. Do not ignore it. Get a second opinion if you have concerns. ...Read more
How can you help a person in a vegative state recover? What are some things you can do to help them get their brain to make connections and teach them
The same as others: Always perform CPR in a patient until you know exactly what the injury is. Spinal cord injury in the thoracic and lumbar spine is compatible with life, and good CPR could save this patient. However, acute high cervical spine injury could render CPR "futile" depending on the exact injury. But unless you know exactly the injury, continue with CPR until someone with medical expertise takes over care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone with rods in their spine do anything to flatten their abs? What exercises are possible?
That depends on : Several factors: the device manufacturer, the size and type of battery, how often it is on and to what intensity or strength that it is utilized. It is hard to give a general answer because of all these factors. Typically , one is expecting several years on average. ...Read more
Support neck: Perform CPR without extending neck.Get a more detailed answer ›
I understand nkcells are necessary to maintain homeostasis, however a pt with a cancer dx, where nkcells can fight the malignancy can they be increase?
No: Nk cells are part of the innate immunity. The immune system has two components, cell and humoral immunity. When an igg is given therapeutically it has to be in the humanized (chimeric) or human form. The igg works by adcc (antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity) carrying nk cells to the tumor where no is released to cause tumor cell destruction. The fc has receptors for nk. ...Read more
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
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