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Stem Cell Therapy to Treat Multiple Sclerosis
Posted by skymedicus STAFF on 9/15/2017 9:21 AM | Last Modified: September 15, 2017
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system and will cause a disruption between the transfer of information from the brain to the body. The cause of MS is currently unknown, but it is speculated to be triggered by environmental factors that some people are genetically more susceptible to.
It is estimated that around 2.3 million people are affected by multiple sclerosis worldwide. The disease is most common in people age 20-50 and women are twice as likely to be affected. A person's chance of having MS are greatly increased if they have a parent with the disease. There are many symptoms of MS, but the most common are the following:
If left untreated, MS can cause permanent neurological problems and eventually lead to death. While no true cure exists, there are ways to slow the progression or the flares of MS. Traditional treatment includes drugs and different types of therapies. A recent study has shown that stem cell transplantation is more effective than traditional treatments.
Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation has been used to treat disorders affecting the immune system and been effective at treating MS. The goal of the therapy is to reset the immune system and stop inflammation caused by the disease. Outcomes have shown total suppression of MS in 70-80% of patients for four to five years, which is much higher than previous treatments. While this therapy is considered an 'experimental treatment' and has not yet been approved in the US, the therapy can be found outside the US from skilled and qualified doctors who have had excellent results.
Topics: Stem Cell