Friday, February 20, 2015

Veterinary Highlights: Evaluating Stem Cell Therapy for Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This is one of the things I'd been interested in for a long time. Could stem cell therapy be an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)? From my understanding what stem cells can do, it could.

US Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has a trial evaluating immunomodulation by mesenchymal stem cells.

While with Jasmine we managed to keep her IBD controlled with diet and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), many dogs require lifelong steroid therapy. But such therapy comes with a number of serious side effects and complications.

The ideal treatment is not to suppress the immune system but to modulate it.

In other words, put it on the right track. Among other things, mesenchymal (fat-derived) stem cells do have the ability to just that.

We used stem cell therapy for Jasmine's arthritis and to assist with healing of her knees. I believe that stem cells can do amazing things.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a new stem cell therapy for canine IBD and better understand how stem cells work to limit inflammation and repair gut tissue.

Source article:
Clinical Trials/Dogs/Internal Medicine

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