Can stem cell therapy be used for respiratory issues?


Can stem cells be used for respiratory problems like COPD, otherwise known as emphysema? Yes, there is some preclinical data that would suggest that if stem cells are given both intravenously and in a respirator solution, there can be some improvement in what would otherwise be a condition that’s extremely difficult to treat. My suggestion would be if you or a loved one has COPD or emphysema and would be interested in participating in some research, I know of at least four studies going on right now in the United States, one study in Mexico and one study in India using stromal vascular fraction, which is a type of stem cells derived from your fat. These are specially prepared stem cells that can be given both intravenously and in a respirator solution.

You could find more information about these particular studies by going to a website called as that’s where these trials are registered and indicates if they are still enrolling new patients. You just need to be in contact with the director of the study to see if you might be eligible to participate. Stromal vascular fraction is not something that we do in this office here at Pagdin Health because it does not yet have the approval of Health Canada.

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Grant Pagdin

Dr. Pagdin is a leading expert in regenerative medicine in Western Canada. Dr. Pagdin is board-certified with the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (ABAARM) and a Member of the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation. His primary interest is preventative and anti-aging medicine using stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments.

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