Kreen is one of the two brothers who suffer from ataxia in his family. He came to China with his brother and was treated with
Stem Cell Treatment for Ataxia
Can stem cell therapy help ataxia?
Ataxia is a medical condition caused by lack of muscle coordination, the loss of balance and physical coordination can lead to difficulties in walking, balance, swallowing, speech, eye movement, and other voluntary movement.
There is no cure for ataxia, there are treatments available, however, they mostly focus on easing symptoms and helping patients attain as much independence as possible with the use of adaptive devices, they do not treat the neurological dysfunction caused by cell degeneration.
Stem cell therapy is one of these treatments, and it improves the quality of life of people diagnosed with ataxia. Over the years, thousands of patients with different forms of ataxia have been treated with stem cell therapy, where they received healthy stem cells to replace the damaged tissue in their bodies.
How does stem cell therapy treat ataxia？
Stem cells are unique cells that have the remarkable ability to self-renew and differentiate into specialized cell types. These cells serve as the building blocks of the body, playing a crucial role in development, growth, and tissue repair. Self-renewal allows stem cells to maintain a pool of undifferentiated stem cells, while differentiation enables them to give rise to cells of various lineages such as nerve cells, muscle cells, blood cells, or skin cells. This capacity for differentiation is critical for the development, growth, and repair of tissues in the body.
Ataxia is a medical condition that arises from the impairment or dysfunction of the cerebellum and/or its associated pathways, including the brain stem and spinal cord. The primary cause of this condition is often attributed to genetic mutations, specifically in cases of hereditary ataxia. Patients with ataxia see their condition getting progressively worse because of the constant loss of nerve cells in their brain/spinal cord.
Thus, the aim of our stem cell therapy for ataxia is to regenerate patient’s lost nerve cells, the stem cells can regenerate and replace the damaged cells in the body, the treatment may help patients with ataxia improve their quality of life by reducing/reversing the symptoms.
Improvements of Stem Cell Therapy in Ataxia
The purpose of our stem cell treatment is to restore neurological function in the brain/spinal cord lesion area, thus, various kinds of improvement are possible after our treatment and our past patients have experienced the following.
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Not Only Stem Cells
Stem cell therapy brings hope for patients with different types of ataxia, we believe that patients can live a better quality of life with effective and safe treatment.
We combine cutting-edge stem cell technology, the most experienced medical professionals in managing stem cell therapy, modern facilities and dedicated services that are effective to ensure the best possible treatment outcomes.
The stem cells used in our treatment are manufactured in GMP-certified laboratories, a series of processing and quality assurance procedures have been developed to meet the national and international standards, to ensure safe and effective products are delivered to our patients.
In addition to stem cell therapy, we provide comprehensive treatments that include, rehabilitation, remedies and natural therapies, each patient receives a personalized treatment plan tailored to meet his/her particular needs, in order to get the best out of the treatments.
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Ataxia Patient Experiences
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Joseph was found clumsy when he was seven years old, however, there was no effective treatment at home, he was accompanied by his family traveled
Miguel was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA), and he visited China and looked for stem cell therapy for ataxia.
Ms. Valerie was diagnosed with ataxia, she decided to visit to China for stem cell therapy because she had ataxia symptoms and cramps in her
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Ataxia is a neurological disorder characterized by a lack of coordination and control over voluntary movements. It is typically caused by damage or dysfunction in the cerebellum or its associated pathways in the brain, which are responsible for coordinating muscle movements, balance, and posture.
Ataxia can have various causes, including:
Genetic Factors: Many cases of ataxia are hereditary and result from genetic mutations. These mutations can affect the function of the cerebellum or its associated pathways, leading to ataxia. Examples include spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) and Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA).
Acquired Causes: Ataxia can also be acquired during a person’s lifetime due to non-genetic factors, such as:
a. Stroke: A stroke occurring in the cerebellum or affecting its blood supply can lead to ataxia.
b. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Severe head injuries that damage the cerebellum or its connections can result in ataxia.
c. Cerebral Palsy: This neurological disorder, often caused by brain damage during early development, can lead to ataxic movements.
d. Infections: Certain infections, such as viral or bacterial infections, that affect the central nervous system can cause ataxia.
e. Autoimmune Disorders: In some cases, the immune system mistakenly attacks the cerebellum, causing ataxia. Conditions like multiple sclerosis and gluten ataxia fall into this category.
f. Tumors: Brain tumors located in or near the cerebellum can disrupt its function and result in ataxia.
g. Environmental Factors: Exposure to certain toxins or substances, such as alcohol or certain medications, can cause ataxia.
Unknown Causes: In some instances, the exact cause of ataxia remains unknown, even after thorough evaluation and testing. This is referred to as idiopathic ataxia.
Individuals with ataxia may experience difficulties with various motor tasks, including walking, speaking, swallowing, and performing precise movements such as writing or buttoning clothes. The lack of coordination can lead to unsteady or jerky movements, an unstable gait, and problems with fine motor skills.
Symptoms of ataxia can vary depending on the underlying cause and the specific areas of the brain affected. In addition to movement problems, individuals may also experience other neurological symptoms such as slurred speech, tremors, muscle weakness, and problems with eye movements.
There are different types of ataxia, including hereditary ataxias (caused by genetic mutations), acquired ataxias (resulting from non-genetic factors like stroke or traumatic brain injury), and idiopathic ataxias (where the cause is unknown).
Ataxia is diagnosed by a combination of medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic tests such as genetic testing, neuroimaging, blood and urine tests, EMG and nerve conduction studies, and biopsy. A neurologist or other healthcare professional experienced in diagnosing neurological disorders should evaluate ataxia for proper diagnosis and treatment.
While ataxia cannot be cured, treatment aims to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. This may include physical therapy to improve coordination and strength, occupational therapy to assist with daily activities, speech therapy for speech and swallowing difficulties, and medications to manage specific symptoms or underlying conditions.
Early diagnosis and intervention are important in managing ataxia and minimizing its impact on an individual’s daily life. Genetic counseling may also be recommended for individuals with hereditary forms of ataxia to understand the inheritance pattern and assess the risk for future generations.
Research and studies about stem cells in the treatment of autism.
1. Treatment of Spinocerebellar Ataxia with Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A Phase I/IIa Clinical Study
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