New cell therapy returned mobility to several paralyzed patients


To date, the US has about 5.5 million partially or completely paralyzed patients. Of these, 450 thousand lost the ability to move as a result of various injuries of the spinal cord, the consequences of which were still considered irreversible. However, recently, these patients also had a hope of recovery.

One of the leading neurosurgeons in the US, Professor Richard Fessler of the University of Rush Medical Center in Chicago, managed to partially restore the motor functions in four of six patients with severe spinal cord injuries.

In the treatment was involved in cellular therapy. Within the framework of the research, 10 million stem cells were injected into each of them. Until recently, this only led to a temporary improvement of 1-2 months, but during the last tests, the positive dynamics persisted throughout the year. Before completely immobilized patients return part of their abilities – right up to the opportunity to independently eat, write and print on the computer .

However, Richard Fessler and his colleagues are far from euphoric after these first encouraging results. To date, significant limitations in the application of the new methodology have not yet been overcome. In particular, people injured in the spine should be able to begin treatment within 25 days. In addition, only those whose spinal cord is not completely torn apart can count on success .

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