Stem Cell Technology: Novel Treatment Shows Promise For Nonhealing Digital Ulcers
Saturday, 05 September 2009 11:11
Ilya Petrou, M.D.
Published: Sep 1, 2009
Source: http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/Modern+Medicine+Now/Stem-cell-technology-Novel-treatment-shows-promise/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/622608?ref=25

Introduction:
Stem cells have been used for the treatment of difficult-to-heal cutaneous wounds, such as diabetic and venous leg ulcers, as well as large defects following skin cancer surgery. Recent research has shown that this therapeutic approach not only can help close other cutaneous wounds, but it can do so quickly, bringing much-needed relief to these patients.

"After achieving very positive results in leg ulcers by using stem cell technology, we applied this approach with the addition of bioengineered skin to the digital ulcers seen in systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) patients and managed to close the wounds within two weeks.

"For cutaneous wounds that are difficult to heal, the use of stem cells combined with bioengineered skin appears to be a promising therapeutic option, as wounds' closure speed is dramatic," says Vincent Falanga, M.D., F.A.C.P., professor of dermatology and biochemistry at Boston University, Boston, and chairman of the department of dermatology and skin surgery at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I. He is also the principal investigator of a recently renewed National Institutes of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at the medical center, totally focused on tissue repair and stem cells.

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