For the stem cell treatment, stem cells are removed from the bone marrow.
Afterwards, chemotherapy drugs are used to kill all of the patient’s blood cells, including the immune cells that are believed to be attacking the body’s own central nervous system.
Bone marrow stem cells removed from the patient are purified and transplanted back into the body.
This Bone Marrow Treatment is proposed to ‘reboot’ the immune system and no longer attack the myelin sheath.
In the March 22, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology reports a long term study of the effectiveness of replacing bone marrow. The marrow was purposely destroyed by chemotherapy, and replaced with autologous (self) stem cells for people with aggressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Study author Vasilios Kimiskidis, MD, of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Medical School in Thessaloniki, Greece noted that more research is needed on this treatment.
“Keeping that in mind, our feeling is that stem cell transplants may benefit people with rapidly progressive MS,” he said. “This is not a therapy for the general population of people with MS but should be reserved for aggressive cases that are still in the inflammatory phase of the disease.”
Medical scientists say that this is the first time that reversing the disabilities associated with multiple sclerosis has actually been accomplished.
Although researchers admit that further testing is needed to confirm findings and such tests are underway.
Word from MS Society
Speakers from the MS Society have praised stem cell transplant for its positive results. Aside from stopping the debilitating disease from further progressing, the damages to the nerve conduction are also reversed.
At present, the potential of stem cells are becoming more and more recognized by many in the medical field. Now the challenge relating to stem cells is proving just how effective their transplantation is to large groups of people.
I look forward to following the studies and seeing the results.
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