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 clinicaltrials.gov 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.
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