Stem Cell Treatment May Improve Mobility After Stroke Paralysis
New breakthroughs in stem cell research are allowing patients in a small clinical trial to overcome motor function disability. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto published the results of their clinical trial in the Stroke medical journal. Their results show promise for restoring patient mobility after stroke paralysis.
Eighteen stroke survivors, averaging 61 years of age, participated in the clinical trial. All participants experienced their first stroke between six months and three years prior to the study. As a result of the stroke, all participants had some level of stroke paralysis, from partial paralysis of an arm to an inability to walk.
The researchers administered the stem cell treatment by drilling a hole into the patient’s skull where injections into the brain are possible. The researchers injected stroke-damaged areas of the brain with SB623 stem cells, a type of modified mesenchymal stem cell that helps restore brain function.
After the injections, researchers monitored the patients’ improvement with brain imaging, blood tests, and motion evaluations. Within a month, patients showed signs of increased range of motion and restoration of function in the affected limbs. The improvements continued for several months and resulted in an 11.4-point improvement on the Fugl-Meyer stroke impairment measurement scale.
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