Transplantation of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells for acute thoracolumbar disc disease with no deep pain perception in dogs

Transplantation of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells for acute thoracolumbar disc disease with no deep pain perception in dogs

 

J Vet Sci. 2015 Aug 4. 

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This study is a very interesting study out of Seoul South Korea.  The researchers evaluated a group of dogs with ruptured intervertebral disc that had caused these dogs to become acutely paralyzed and had no perception of deep pain.  This is usually a very poo
r prognosis.

Traditional surgery was performed and then stem cells were transplanted into the surgery sites.  The patients were evaluated over a number of months for return to function and comfort.  Surgery with the addition of stem cells showed better recovery outcomes as compared to surgery alone.  Stem cell therapy is suggested to be a potential therapeutic strategy to overcome the limitation of traditional surgery alone.  This is great news!

To read more see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27051350