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Stem cell could help patients with non-healing diabetic foot ulcers

Washington, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) According to the results of a phase I clinical trial just published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine, a new stem cell therapy shows promise of making diabetes-related amputations a thing of the past.

The trial involved injecting diabetes patients suffering from non-healing diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) with a cell preparation containing adult stem cells harvested from their own fat.

The results showed that the treatment induced regeneration of the blood vessels surrounding the DFUs, accelerated healing – all without serious side effects.

In this regard, the experts considered ¨this work should be reviewed as it demonstrates the possibility of a novel cell injection therapy that can alleviate pain and infection, accelerate wound healing and avoid amputation.¨

Cell-based therapies have gained attention as viable options to help restore damaged blood vessels while inducing the formation of new ones.

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