Bone Marrow Stem Cells may help Children with Severe TBI

Charles S. Cox, Jr. M.D., a professor of pediatric neurosurgery at the University of Texas Medical School, just completed a Phase I clinical trial of harvesting bone marrow stem cells from children with severe TBI to treat their brain injuries. The purpose of the trial was to show that the technique is feasible and safe for promoting repair of damaged brain cells.

Although Dr. Cox will not formally test the efficacy of this new treatment until the Phase II trial, he reported in the March 2011 issue of the journal Neurosurgery that the treatment appears helpful. At a six month follow-up examination all of the 10 children in the study showed significant improvement and 7 of them showed no or only mild disability.

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