Feb. 12, 2010
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a painful circulatory problem in the legs that affects 10 million Americans. If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications including stroke, amputation and death. Doctors at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio report that they have used the patient's own adult stem cells to treat PAD. In their paper published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, they report that 8 of 9 patients treated showed some improvement, and 6 of the 9 patients avoided any amputation. Dr. Randall W. Franz, lead author on the study, noted that:
"We were pleasantly surprised by our results. This is cutting-edge technology that could benefit millions of Americans with PAD."
The six patients had restored blood flow that eliminated their constant pain and healed their ulcerations. Dr. Franz says that 16 patients have now received the procedure, with 13 patients avoiding major amputation.
The technique in this study used adult stem cells taken directly from the patients' hips instead of sending the cells to a laboratory for culture, a process that can postpone injection for several weeks. Co-author Dr. Thomas Hankins said:
"This technique sheds new light on stem cell treatment and has the potential to become the gold-standard therapy for PAD."
This new study on PAD follows another recent report on saving legs using the patient's own adult stem cells to treat critical limb ischemia.
Adult stem cells are saving limbs and saving lives now.