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Stem cells can be used to treat cerebellar degeneration ..Is that true for alcoholics?
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Maybe
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. Research is ongoing to study regeneration, but alcoholics present a cell damage loss.

In brief: Maybe
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. Research is ongoing to study regeneration, but alcoholics present a cell damage loss.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology
In brief: Cerebellar disease
Alcohol is toxic to cerebellar nerve cells.
Repeated exposure to alcohol causes those nerve cells to die. There is no treatment currently available to replace any nerve cells. Maybe eventually stem cells might be found that will take, not create tumors, that will connect to the other thousands of nerve cells properly and then function. It is a tall order. It will take some time.

In brief: Cerebellar disease
Alcohol is toxic to cerebellar nerve cells.
Repeated exposure to alcohol causes those nerve cells to die. There is no treatment currently available to replace any nerve cells. Maybe eventually stem cells might be found that will take, not create tumors, that will connect to the other thousands of nerve cells properly and then function. It is a tall order. It will take some time.
Dr. Peter Glusker
Dr. Peter Glusker
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