Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating neurological disease that is thought to be caused by destruction of the myelin sheaths (fatty protective insulation) around axons of the brain and spinal cord. Loss of myelin impacts the ability of these tissues to conduct signals and the inflammatory process can lead to scarring resulting in a broad range of symptoms. This myelin damage appears to be related primarily to an auto-immune dysfunction, but there also appears to be environmental and genetic factors involved. There is no known cure for the physical and cognitive defects associated with chronic Multiple Sclerosis. Many investigators are looking at using the regenerative properties of cell therapy to mitigate the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system.
Over the years treating options have varied from adrenocorticotropic hormone, specific drugs and even chemotherapy- similar to treating leukemia. However, because this potent care causes collateral ablation (destruction) of vital stem cells in the bone marrow that produce the blood series of cells, Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant(AHSCT) is given to the patients to restore the blood- producing cells and avert fatal anemia. Hence, chemotherapy needs only be used with the more advanced forms of the disease and in those who didn’t respond to other medications. People with certain forms of cancer, namely blood dyscrasias, were treated with a similar approach. This approach gave good results at the beginning because the therapy resets the immune system, but it is not known for how long the benefits lasted. More recently, the less drastic modality of adipose-derived stem cell(ADSC) deployment has been offered by our center and others in the USA and aboard with encouraging results.
Multiple Sclerosis – Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center
As an old affiliate member of Cell Surgical Network(CSN,) we share a specific deployment protocol that attempts to utilize the immuno-regulatory and anti-inflammatory properties of SVF (rich in mesenchymal stem cells and growth factors). Special measures are taken to optimize transport of the SVF across the blood-brain barrier to improve central nervous system uptake. This is all done as an outpatient at the time of SVF harvesting and procurement. The entire cellular surgical procedure takes approximately three hours.
We at Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center(GCSC&RMC) care about our Multiple Sclerosis patients and understand their difficulties. We take pride in the time we spend caring for them and deploying, we believe, the best protocol to help them achieve their goals.