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Does stem cells work on arthritis?

Do stem cells work on arthritis?

Does stem cell work on arthritis?Recent advances in stem cell treatments for medical conditions like arthritis are already being used in some clinics. This includes the use of stem cells that can help reduce inflammation in cases like rheumatoid arthritis, in which the body’s own immune system attacks joint tissues such as type I collagen. This kind of treatment makes use of a type of stem cell known as allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells, which are adult stem cells that can be harvested from carefully screened umbilical tissue after childbirth.

The screening process involves studying candidate cells from donated umbilical tissue for factors such as useful proteins and genetic makeup to find a good match for treating rheumatic arthritis. Stem cells should include properties that make them useful for fighting the effects caused by the immune system’s attacks on the softer tissues on joints, including a highly active anti-inflammatory agent, immune modulating capacity, and ability to promote regeneration of damaged tissue. The umbilical cord tissue should contain a high content of mesenchymal stem cells.

Harvesting adult mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical tissue does not require any invasive procedure and is only accomplished after a healthy, live childbirth. For this reason, using stem cells from umbilical cord tissue may be considered more acceptable from an ethical and medical-related safety standpoint than other sources of mesenchymal stem cells, such as liposuction or bone marrow donations.

Due to careful screening of donated umbilical cord tissue, usually only 10% of donated tissue is actually used for treatment. Anyone can be treated using stem cells that have been carefully screened because these cells won’t trigger a response from the immune system that doesn’t recognize them as foreign tissue and no Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) screening is necessary. New medical studies suggest that stem cells harvested from umbilical cord tissue are generally more effective for this type of treatment than other sources of mesenchymal stem cells because the stem cells harvested in this manner tend to be more robust.

When administering a treatment for arthritis that includes mesenchymal stem cells, the stem cells are typically injected intravenously over the course of a few days. The exact procedure will usually depend on the medical history of the patient. The medical facility will usually follow up with the patient at regular intervals for at least a year after the procedure. Be sure to ask for references from patients who have already been through this procedure because some of them have volunteered to answer questions about this procedure from a patient perspective.

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