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Can Stem Cell Therapy Be Used for Traumatic Brain Injury?

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a disruption to normal brain function caused by a sudden blow, jolt, or bump to the head. It can also occur when an object pierces the skull, entering brain tissue. TBI can lead to temporary or permanent cognitive impairment, physical disability, and social impairment. The injury may also be accompanied by loss of consciousness or memory, alteration in mental state, and neurological deficits.

While there are many potential causes of TBI, the most common include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Falls
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Alcohol

Oftentimes, emergency treatment provided after TBI is focused on stabilizing the patient and promoting survival. Efforts may include getting blood and oxygen to the brain, controlling blood pressure, and preventing further damage. Further treatments are also provided to help minimize symptoms, such as therapy and rehabilitation. Medications, including muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and anticoagulants, may also be provided.

Stem Cell Therapy for TBI

Following a TBI, stem cell therapy administered intravenously has been shown to improve functional recovery in patients. One study shows that patients who received stem cells after a traumatic brain injury had improved motor function scores, though optimal delivery is important for maximizing results. 

Mesenchymal stem cells possess anti-inflammatory properties, and when transplanted in large quantities, can help regulate the immune system by controlling the overproduction of T-cells. These beneficial properties don’t compromise the natural immunity within the body and can last several years without the need for another treatment in some cases. For patients with neurodegenerative or autoimmune diseases, this can result in a potential improvement in symptoms and an improved quality of life.

This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for TBI, also known as stem cells for traumatic brain injury. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.

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