J Transl Med. 2012 May 18;10:100. doi: 10.1186/1479-5876-10-100.
Treatment of one case of cerebral palsy combined with posterior visual pathway injury using autologous bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
1Department of stem cell transplantation, General Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Forces, Beijing 100039, China.
Cerebral palsy is currently one of the major diseases that cause severe paralysis of the nervous system in children; approximately 9-30% of cerebral palsy patients are also visually impaired, for which no effective treatment is available. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) have very strong self-renewal, proliferation, and pluripotent differentiation potentials. Therefore, autologous BMSC transplantation has become a novel method for treating cerebral palsy.
An 11-year-old boy had a clear history of dystocia and asphyxia after birth; at the age of 6 months, the family members observed that his gaze roamed and noted that he displayed a lack of attention. A brain MRI examination at the age of 7 years showed that the child had cerebral palsy with visual impairment (i.e., posterior visual pathway injury). The patient was hospitalized for 20 days and was given four infusions of intravenous autologous BMSCs. Before transplantation and 1, 6, and 12 months after transplantation, a visual evoked potential test, an electrocardiogram, routine blood tests, and liver and kidney function tests were performed.
The patient did not have any adverse reactions during hospitalization or postoperative follow-up. After discharge, the patient could walk more smoothly than he could before transplantation; furthermore, his vision significantly improved 6 months after transplantation, which was also supported by the electrophysiological examinations.
The clinical application of BMSCs is effective for improving vision in a patient with cerebral palsy combined with visual impairment.
Glob Pediatr Health. 2015 Mar 5;2:2333794X15574091. doi: 10.1177/2333794X15574091. eCollection 2015.
Therapy for Cerebral Palsy by Human Umbilical Cord Blood Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transplantation Combined With Basic Rehabilitation Treatment: A Case Report.
1Taihe Hospital Affiliated to Hubei Medical College, Shiyan, China.
2The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China.
Background. Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause leading to childhood disability. Human umbilical cord blood mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) transplantation is a promising alternative considering the safety and efficacy in current reports. This report represents a case of hUCB-MSCs transplantation combined with basic rehabilitation treatment beginning as early as age 6 months with follow-up as long as 5 years. Methods. A 6-year-old female patient was diagnosed with CP at age 6 months. The patient accepted 4 infusions of intravenous hUCB-MSCs in each course and received 4 courses of transplantation totally. A series of assessments were performed before the first transplantation, including laboratory tests, CDCC Infant Mental Development Scale, and Gross Motor Function Measure-88 (GMFM-88). Then annual assessments using the GMFM-88, Ashworth spasm assessment, and comprehensive function assessment scale were made in addition to the annual laboratory tests. In addition, electroencephalography and brain magnetic resonance imaging were conducted before transplantation and in the follow-up phase. Rehabilitation and safety follow-up have been ongoing for 5 years up to date. Results. There was no complaint about adverse effects during hospitalization or postoperative follow-up. Motor function recovered to normal level according to the evaluation of scales. Language function improved significantly. Linguistic rehabilitation therapy was enhanced for further improvement. Conclusions. The clinical application of hUC-MSCs combined with basic rehabilitation treatment was effective and safe for improving motor and comprehensive function in a patient with CP.
basic rehabilitation treatment; cerebral palsy; human umbilical cord blood mesenchymal stem cells
Indian J Biochem Biophys. 2015 Apr;52(2):140-6.
Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells in neurological disorders: A clinical study.
We investigated the intrathecally administrated unbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) by lumbar puncture and assessed the technical difficulties and effects in various neurological conditions. One hundred patients underwent subarachnoid placement of UC-MSCs between December 2006 and May 2010 in the Affiliated Hospital of Medicine. Technical difficulties in patients in the form of localization of subarachnoid space, number of attempts, and post-procedural complications were evaluated. Functional evaluation was done using Hauser Ambulation Index (HAI) by the stem cell transplant team on a regular basis. All patients were followed-up for more than 1 yr after the treatment. Clinical symptoms, related biochemical index and photographic examinations were observed regularly. We encountered technical difficulties in 31 patients (31%) in the form of general anesthesia supplementation and difficulty localizing the lumbar space. Side effects (headache, low-grade fever, low back pain and lower limb pain) were observed in 22 (22%) patients, which were treated with symptomatic therapy within 48 h. One year after the treatment, functional indices improved in 47 patients (47%): 12 patients with spinal cord injury, 11 patients with cerebral palsy, 9 patients with post-traumatic brain syndrome, 9 patients with post-brain infarction syndrome, 3 patients with spinocerebellar ataxias, and 3 patients with motor neuron disease. In conclusion, intrathecal administration of UC-MSCs is a safe and effective way to treat neurological disorders. Our encouraging results of intrathecal administration of UC-MSCs indicate the potential of restoration of lost tissue and improvement of function in patients with profound neurological defects and inefficient conventional cure. These data support expanded double-blind, placebo-controlled studies for this treatment modality.