Cell transplantation is an emerging approach for treating drug-resistant epilepsy.
Regenerative medicine such as this, is a relatively “simple” process in that stem cells are often cultured from the patient’s own tissue, then processed and transfused back into the body.
Cells used for transplant are sometimes genetically engineered to produce substances to reduce seizures, or protect neurons from damage.
For people with epilepsy, stem cell transplantation offers the prospect of someday preventing seizures.
In addition to treating multiple diseases, the ability to “guide” stem cells to develop into specific tissue types may ultimately benefit patients suffering from severe burns, traumatic injuries and congenital defects.
That being said, cell transplantation therapies for epilepsy are still in preliminary stages of development.
However, the encouraging results of animal studies suggest that this type of therapy may eventually be used to treat drug-resistant human epilepsy.
In about 50 percent to 70 percent of epilepsy…
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