Stem Cells from Fat Help in Blood Circulation Disorders and Scleroderma

New study shows high therapeutic potential of stem cells from body fat

Vienna (2014-10-07) — In a recently published study from Marseille 12 patients who suffered from circulatory problems in the fingers (Raynaud’s phenomenon) underwent promising treatment with the body’s own (autologous) stem cells. The circulatory disorders were caused by the autoimmune connective tissue disease scleroderma. Scleroderma is currently incurable. According to the current state of medical science only the progression of the disease can be slowed down or sometimes stopped.

“There is growing evidence that scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases can be positively influenced by treatments with adult, autologous stem cells,” says DDr. Karl-Georg Heinrich, one of the first physicians in Europe performing therapies with stem cells obtained from the patient’s adipose tissue. In his Clinic DDr. Heinrich® the body’s own stem cells are used in the treatment of degenerative diseases, circulatory disorders, osteoarthritis, nervous disorders, and for skin rejuvenation.

The patients in the study group from Marseille were treated by locally injecting a suspension of stem cells extracted from body fat (Stromal Vascular Fraction, SVF). No side effects were recorded during the treatments and all patients showed an improvement in symptoms.

In DDr. Heinrich’s clinic in Vienna stem cell therapies with autologous mesenchymal stem cells obtained from fat tissue (Adipose-Derived Stem Cells, ADSC) are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. First, a small portion of fat is harvested by liposuction with gentle microcannulas. The stem cells isolated from the fat in a complex laboratory procedure are – depending on the indication – either injected locally at the affected organ or tissue or administered systemically. In case of systemic delivery (usually intravenously by infusion), the stem cells seem to independently find their way to those sites in the body where their regenerative and healing effect is required. Often repeat treatments are recommended.

“In my clinic we have treated cases of scleroderma and other autoimmune diseases,” says DDr. Heinrich. “Among them was a patient with scleroderma who especially suffered under the parchment-like skin on her hands caused by the disease. In many patients suffering from scleroderma – apart from disturbed blood flow – the skin’s appearance changes, which can often be improved by stem cell injections.”

In addition – according to the recommendation of the physician – intravenous infusions of autologous stem cells should be given in case of scleroderma, because in systemic autoimmune diseases systemic application is important.

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