Adult Stem Cell Awareness

August 11, 2009

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment Saves Legs

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,alternative sources — chelseaz @ 10:37 am

The results of a clinical trial to save volunteers’ leg from amputation by injecting stem cell concentrate to the limb affected by thrombo angitis obliterance (TAO) have been encouraging. The stem cells were taken from the patients’ bone marrow.

The clinical trial is being conducted on patients suffering from blocks in the artery of the leg. Sixty patients were enrolled in the trial, and all of them were smokers. Some had diabetes as well.

Thirty nine of the 44 patients who had already undergone the mandatory 6-month follow-up did not require amputation following stem cell injection to the affected legs. Follow-up of the remaining 16 patients is under way.

The last patient, enrolled on May 25, will complete his six-month follow up in November.

“We have got very good results,” said Dr. K.S. Vijayaragavan. “The legs of 89 per cent of the patients have been saved.” Dr. Vijayaragavan, Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, is conducting the trial.

According to him, the failure to save the leg of five patients was because they continued to smoke even after stem cell injection. Immediate and complete cessation of smoking is the most basic and important requirement for saving the leg. Diabetes should also be under control.

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  1. […] Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment Saves Legs […]

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  2. […] Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment Saves Legs – The results of a clinical trial to save volunteers’ leg from amputation by injecting (autologous bone marrow) stem cell concentrate to the limb affected by thrombo angitis obliterance (TAO) have been encouraging. The clinical trial is being conducted on patients suffering from blocks in the artery of the leg. Sixty patients enrolled, all of them were smokers. Some had diabetes.  “We have got very good results,”said Dr. K.S. Vijayaragavan, head of the Department of Vascular Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, who is conducting the trial. “The legs of 89 per cent of the patients have been saved.” […]

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