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Why do stroke survivors believe in stem cells?



Practically every stroke forum I go to has persons commenting that stem cells are the only thing that will provide recovery for them. So far the only stem cell trials for the brain are in the safety stage, that is just to test that the stem cells do not cause problems. I see numerous problems that have to be considered and fixed before they can be considered successful.


1. If the cells are injected into the dead area they would need a blood supply and the cerebral spinal fluid would have to be moved out/absorbed.(angiogenesis)


2. Nothing would directly have the new cells take on the functions that used to exist in the dead area.


3. Injections next to the infarct but within a still working area would probably take on the functions that surround them. Neuroplasticity at work.


I believe that stem cells can generate enough cells to make up for the dead ones.

I know magical stroke recovery is the holy grail of stroke recovery but I don't think this is the solution. It may be helpful especially for smaller infarcts.


I won't make any comments on these except to say, read and ask your doctor.


World's first stem cell trial for stroke patients


Doctors have injected stem cells into the brain of a British stroke patient in the world's first trial of its kind.




ReNeuron gives update on stroke clinical trial




Information on Stem Cell Research from NINDS




Can Stem Cells Block Stroke Damage? Yes, but in a Surprising Way




Ischemic stroke treatment with stem cells


Recruiting patients April 2011





But this does make a powerful placebo, probably the same reason these nostroms worked in the 1800s.



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hi i don t know much about stem cell research.i hear it mostly regarding Parkinson disease than stroke patients. were always hoping, though! patty

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I believe in the potential of stem cells, but that research has a looooooooooooooong way to go before it can really benifit man kind.


I know that a lot of new stroke survivors are so heartbroken at the "death" of their old selves that they will grasp as any hope, whatsoever, of returning to the people they were before their stroke. So they throw in with the newest and "most promising" developments. It's understandable. They are scared, confused, sometimes helpless, and trying to make all of that go away.


Like you, I prefer to be a little more realistic. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Seems a little safer.

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