August 14, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

stem cell treatment risks

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A brief report in the NEJM today highlights the risks facing patients who get stem cell treatment from dubious clinics as one such patient recently developed a large spinal tumor. Dr. Aaron L. Berkowitz and colleagues describe how this patient who received a mixture of several stem cell types from an overseas clinic was later diagnosed with a very unusual neoplastic growth on his spine. The data point to the tumor arising from the stem cell treatment as it was genetically distinct from the patient. …Read More

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Clare Wilson over at the NewScientist has reported the case of a woman given an experimental stem cell treatment in Portugal for a spinal cord injury who later developed a strange tumor consisting of nose tissue. I highly recommend going over to that site and reading her excellent article. What’s the deal with this case? The woman was treated with nasal stem cells eight years earlier. Her condition did not improve and now eight years later the tumor was removed in the US from her spine. The …Read More