When the body’s immune system attacks the liver, the resulting inflammation is called autoimmune hepatitis. Stem cell treatment is one of the newest remedies, and is an alternative to traditional drug therapy, including corticosteroids, azathioprine, and other immunosuppressive drugs. A liver transplant is sometimes the last resort, but transplants are generally avoided because of the high likelihood that the same disease will compromise the graft. The Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center, located in Ocean Springs, MS, is equipped for the alternative procedure utilizing stem cells.
Over time, autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) causes cirrhosis or scarring and distortion that can eventually lead to liver failure. Of course, it is preferable to make the diagnosis before cirrhosis occurs. Early symptoms can include muscle ache, itching, fatigue, and eventually fever, jaundice, and pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, possibly accompanied by abdominal distention. Alternatively, the disease may be subclinical with no noticeable symptoms. The disease, however, may be detected by specific blood tests, when liver involvement is suspected.
The Stem Cell Option
Our group, the Cell Surgical Network, has developed protocols for the use of stromal vascular fraction (SVF) in various conditions including autoimmune hepatitis. SVF is a tissue juice, rich in stem cells, growth factors and cytokines, which is potentially regenerative, immune-modulatory, and anti-inflammatory. Where stem cell therapy once required harvesting cells from bone marrow, umbilical cords and fetal tissues, SVF actually comes from fatty adipose tissue, which we harvest by mini-liposuction within 20 minutes in the comfort of our own facility, under local anesthesia.
Depending on response, SVF deployment may need to be repeated weeks or months later; but harvesting and procurement is relatively simple. The entire procedure from beginning to end can be done as an outpatient procedure within 3 hours. We highly recommend that your internist/ specialist be involved in planning this treatment for seamless coordination.. For patients with autoimmune hepatitis, stem cell therapy can be highly beneficial.
The Gulf Coast Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Center in Ocean Springs will tailor its protocols according to your specific treatment goals. We have a Confidential Candidate Application through which you can request additional information. If you have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, stem cell therapy is a good option that you should consider seriously. Call for more information on the services we offer.