Muscular Dystrophy

By April 28, 2011Neurology

Muscular Dystrophy Treatment With Stem Cells

Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center in Ocean Springs offers treatment with stem cells to patients with muscular dystrophy who, in spite of traditional treatment, have continued to deteriorate or failed to improve. Muscular dystrophy affects thousands of American men and women, and while this condition is not immediately fatal, it results in slow deterioration and has no known cure. Stem cell treatment may give some hope, where medicines, therapy, and surgery have failed. Stem cell therapy with the patient’s own stem cells has shown promise in some patients, restoring some mobility, sensation, and function when all else appears to have failed.

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of conditions that cause weakness of a muscle or loss of its mass. These diseases are caused by defects in a person’s DNA that halt the production of a protein called dystrophin, and they can target the skeletal muscles, heart muscle, eyes, adrenal glands, and gastrointestinal system. When left unchecked, an individual’s ability to move or complete daily tasks deteriorates as muscle cells degenerate without meaningful repair. There are nine types of muscular dystrophy, and most cases involve multi-system disorders that are difficult to isolate and treat.

Muscular Dystrophy Treatment With Stem Cells

Stem cells hold the potential to boost cell regeneration in deteriorating muscle tissue. Muscle is constructed of bundles of muscle fibre cells, and skeletal muscles also contain stem cells known as satellite cells. When a muscle is damaged, these satellite cells signal the muscle fibres to grow new cells and repair the damage. Muscular Dystrophy, however, interrupts that process and prevents muscles from regenerating.

At Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, we take an abundance of stem cells from the patient’s own fat tissue and inject them into needy areas to promote cell growth. Unlike the other stem cell therapy methods, we harvest cells from fat tissue in order to make the procedure faster, less costly, and less invasive. The fat harvest takes 20 minutes and then the fat cells are separated from the stem cells, which takes about 90 minutes. Once the cells are ready, our expert staff will deploy the cell mix intravenously into the affected muscles to provide relief.

Our muscular dystrophy treatment with stem cells is performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to have their procedure in one single session. If you are interested in this procedure, fill out our candidate application form or contact Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center in Ocean Springs today.

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