A case study utilizing a patient’s own stem cells to treat rheumatoid arthritis demonstrated a drastic decrease in joint pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) occurs when the immune system incorrectly attacks the body’s tissues, eventually leading to joint deformities, bone erosion and intense pain due to the breakdown of the lining of the joint. Typical treatments for RA involve anti-inflammatory medications, or surgery to repair the joints. However, both types of treatments involve severe side effects and are not guaranteed to work. The stem cell treatment sighted in the case study holds the potential to radically upend current practices and create a new standard of care for this widespread disorder.
Seeking to take advantage of the immune modulation properties of mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs], the treatment involved obtaining the patient’s own (autologous) MSCs and culturing them in the lab to clinically relevant numbers. The stem cells were then transplanted back into the patient intravenously over a two month period.
In a 7 month follow-up, the patient continued to experience the alleviation of joint pain, with laboratory tests revealing a decrease in inflammatory factors around joints. Additional follow-up studies are planned to assess the longer-term impact of the treatment.
This innovative treatment represents a convergence of two powerful forces in medicine - personalized medicine and stem cells.
The treatment mimics, in many ways, the recently FDA approved treatment for cartilage repair [watch here] where the patient’s stem cells are recovered, cultured and then transplanted back into the patient to address the root cause of the disorder, as opposed to current treatment options that seek to merely alleviate the symptoms of a disorder and, more often than not, engender considerable side effects. Hence, this study is representative of the way medicine is changing to treat incurable disorders and offer more effective treatment options to patients who haven’t benefited from existing treatments.
This innovative research demonstrates the integral role stem cells are playing in cutting edge medical care options. By banking their own valuable stem cells, families can ensure that they will have access to these emerging therapies in the near future. To learn more about banking stem cells, please visit StemSave or call 877-783- 6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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