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02

May

2018

02

May

2018

Promising Long Term Results in Stem Cell Therapy for Peripheral Artery Disease

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Five years ago, a small group of patients who had exhausted other treatment options for their peripheral artery disease were treated with stem cells. Researchers have followed the patients since then, and here report on the long term results – they are promising. This is also the case for a range of other comparatively simple stem cell transplant therapies, now that the research and medical communities have had years to practice and refine the methodologies involved.

A long-term study of patients who received stem cells to treat angiitis-induced critical limb ischemia (AICLI) shows the cells to be both safe and effective. The study could lead to an option for those who suffer from this serious form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). AICLI is caused by an inflammation of the blood vessels that leads to a severe blockage in the arteries of the lower or upper extremities. It causes severe pain and impaired mobility, and can even lead to amputation and death. While endovascular and surgical reconstruction are the mainstream treatments for critical limb ischemia (CLI), these classical treatments are unfeasible

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