Stem cell therapy helps slow motor neuron disease

Date (2015-11-26 )

A city-based stem cell therapy solution provider has helped slow down the progression of motor neuron disease of a 63-year-old Pakistani patient. According to doctors, case Fida Mohammad, check a resident of Peshawar in Pakistan, click was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and slowly his ability to speak and use of all four limbs got affected. The non-invasive therapy has relieved the patient and helped in slowing down the progress of the disease that otherwise is not curable.

Five years ago, Mohammad started feeling some weakness in his left toe. Gradually, he started complaining of problems in the whole foot and within one year he was unable to walk and was confined to a wheelchair. The doctors said that after approaching the best neurological centres in Pakistan, Mohammad was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

"Taking advice from the local doctors to opt for treatment, the patient’s family got in touch with us and sent over his medical reports for analysis. Our experts counselled the family by explaining the treatment procedure, risks and success rates and advised them to opt for stem cell therapy," said senior consultant, regenerative medicine, Advancells, Dr Mayank Jain.

Motor neurone disease is a serious neurodegenerative condition in which the patient is unable to move as it affects all muscles.

Talking about the procedure, Dr Jain said that the doctors decided to perform the therapy using the patient’s own bone marrow and adipose tissue. "Approximately 155 million cells were processed and re-injected in the patient via lumbar puncture and IV. The patient went through the entire procedure very well without any complications. Four days after the treatment, he started showing signs of improvement and is now expressing himself in a better way than earlier. We are awaiting the final results, which will be known in 4-6 months. We are hoping that the patient will recover tremendously by then," he added.

Dr Jain claimed that stem cell technology impedes the progression of the disease with more emphasis on repealing of the damaged tissue. The stem cells are directly employed at the site of damage with catheter-based injections, wherein they facilitate regeneration of damaged neurons, thus combating the motor neurone disease.

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