Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

Stem Cell Treatments for Cerebral Palsy are Currently Available at SIRM

Because Cerebral Palsy is a condition that encompasses a group of non-progressive, non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, we aim to treat it with Stem Cell Therapy.

Cerebral refers to the cerebrum, which is the affected area of the brain (although the disorder most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as the cerebellum), and palsy refers to disorder of movement. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain and can occur during pregnancy, during childbirth or after birth up to about age three. Resulting limits in movement and posture cause activity limitation and are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, depth perception and other sight-based perceptual problems, communication ability; impairments can also be found in cognition, and epilepsy is found in about one-third of cases. CP, no matter what the type, is often accompanied by secondary musculoskeletal problems that arise as a result of the underlying etiology.

Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment

Asphyxia, Infections, and Inflammation during Intrauterine development seemed to be the causes.

There are 4 types:

  1. Spastic - 80% and most common; hypertonic and have what is essentially a neuromuscular mobility impairment (rather than hypotonia or paralysis) stemming from an upper motor neuron lesion in the brain as well as the corticospinal tract or the motor cortex. This damage impairs the ability of some nerve receptors in the spine to properly receive gamma amino butyric acid, leading to hypertonia in the muscles signaled by those damaged nerves.
  2. Ataxic - caused by damage to the cerebellum, and it is common for individuals to have difficulty with visual and/or auditory processing.
  3. Dyskinetic - is mixed muscle tone – both hypertonia and hypotonia mixed with involuntary motions. People with Dyskinetic CP have trouble holding themselves in an upright, steady position for sitting or walking, and often show involuntary motions.
  4. Mixed - A combination of the above

Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment and stem cell therapy. Cerebral Palsy treatment studies and stem cell protocols:

Comparison of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy in a private cord blood bank to an epidemiological sample. Res Dev Disabil. 2018 Jul 12;80:153-160 Authors: Mazonson P, Kane M, Colberg K, Harris H, Brown H, Mohr A, Santas C, Sandler A Abstract BACKGROUND: Although cord blood (CB) stem cell research is being conducted for treatment of cerebral palsy (CP), little is known about children with CP and stored CB. AIMS: To compare demographic and clinical characteristics of children with CP and stored CB to children with CP identified in a population-based study. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: The Longitudinal Umbilical Stem cell monitoring and Treatment REsearch (LUSTRE®) Registry recruited children from the largest US private CB bank. Demographics, co-morbidities, and gross motor function (GMFCS level and walking ability) were collected and, where possible, compared with the CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. OUTCOMES AND RESULTS: 114 LUSTRE participants were compared to 451 ADDM participants. LUSTRE participants were more likely to be white, but sex distribution was similar. Co-morbidities (autism and epilepsy) and functional mobility were also similar. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: The results of this analysis suggest that while children diagnosed with CP and with access to stored CB differ from a broader population sample in terms of demographics, they have similar clinical severity and comorbidity profiles. As such, LUSTRE may serve as a valuable source of data for the characterization of individuals with CP, including individuals who have or will receive CB infusions. PMID: 30015273 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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