Cerebral palsy (CP) comprises a group of disorders caused by brain damage during pregnancy, delivery or shortly after delivery. It is often accompanied by impaired movement, speaking, hearing, eyesight, lack of coordination and mental underdevelopment.
The occurrence of CP can be devastating and a source of stress for the family. The conventional therapies for CP can only offer limited benefits.
With the advancement of stem cell treatments in China now you have a novel treatment option for cerebral palsy. Unlike the currently available conventional treatments, our stem cell regimen is different in the way that we target to repair the brain tissue damage itself and recover functions. Stem cell treatment focuses on the root of the problem and not just the symptoms.
Cell death occurs when cells are injured. However, these dead cells are surrounded by damaged and healthy cells. Stem cells have the potential to stimulate the healing of these injured cells by the secretion of cytokines, such as nerve growth factor to promote the body’s self-repair mechanism.
The objective of the treatment is to repair the injured cell area around the lesion. This will lead to improved symptoms mainly in physique and movements. The majority of patients show improvements right after the first or second transplant. They continue to improve for about 6 months to 1 year, when the final results settle in. For CP patients the achieved results are permanent.
After treatment, depending on the type of CP 74.5% to 79.5% of children gained improvements in the following areas:
At post-treatment follow-up most children continued to improve their muscle tone, motor function, limb coordination and speech function. It should be noted that there is a broad range of effectiveness in the treatment of cerebral palsy.
Age is a major factor influencing the outcome. The younger the patient, the results are more obvious.
Children under 5 years show improvements in intelligence and language abilities. However, older patients do not show satisfactory improvement in these areas.
Regarding atonic cerebral palsy, physical activity improves to varying degrees. However, verbal intelligence results are less satisfactory.
Rehabilitation exercises improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
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Stem cells are injected via lumbar punctures supplemented by intravenous administration (IV). In certain cases we also recommend stereotactic brain surgery.
Our doctors understand that a variety of factors may influence decisions regarding your treatment. Our team is dedicated to patient education and collaboration so that you are clearly aware of your condition and treatment options. The hospital offers a wide range of treatments and related services. Therefore we advise you to consult with one of our specialists for personalized treatment information before your arrival to China.
We also encourage you to carefully study our stem cell transplantation methods and our typical stem cell treatment schedule.
CP patients with epilepsy are not eligible for the treatment. Since stem cell treatment increases the excitability of the brain cells to promote its repair may trigger the occurence of epilepsy. However, epilepsy patients who have controlled epilepsy for more than 6 months duration may be considered for stem cell transplantation.
Patients with hydrocephalus.
When intelligence is desired to be improved for patients with severe mental retardation but otherwise with fine motor skills the treatment did not proved to be effective so far. Therefore, we do not advocate stem cell therapy for this group.
The results are not clear in autistic or hyperactive children. The results are more pronounced in cases of coexistence of autism or hyperactivism with cerebral palsy or movement disorders.
Contact us and learn more about our stem cell therapy program for your condition.