Stem cells showed their effectiveness in the treatment of cerebral palsy - research

2017-12-16

Stem cells showed their effectiveness in the treatment of cerebral palsy - research

The greatest effect from transplantation was observed in patients who received more than 20 million umbilical cord stem cells per 1 kg of body weight. The results of a clinical study on the use of cells from cord blood for the treatment of cerebral palsy showed a significant improvement in motor function and density of neural connections in patients, Stem Cells Translational Medicine reports. Scientists from Duke University (USA) summed up the second phase of a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial on the use of their own hematopoietic stem cells from cord blood for the treatment of cerebral palsy. The study involved 63 children aged 1 to 6 years. Intravenous injection of blood stem cells was performed in 32 patients, 31 patients received a placebo. Samples of cord blood for treatment were transferred from 16 international cord blood banks from different countries. The greatest effect from transplantation was observed in patients who received more than 20 million umbilical cord stem cells per 1 kg of body weight, regardless of age, etiology and severity of the disease. In these patients, a year after transplantation, significant improvements in motor function and density of neural connections were observed.

Source: UNIAN