Stem cell treatments have been giving hopes to many patients with different kind of diseases. This time, stem cell treatments have shown promising results in the battle against multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is the damage in the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. This would lead to various symptoms like back and eye pains, dizziness, muscular cramping, urination problems, etc.
The stem cell treatment is called HSCT, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The process starts by taking a patient’s own bone marrow for stem cell regeneration and placing the cells back into the patient. HSCT has already shown a 70% success rate in treating the people with MS, but still has some risks of shorter life expectancy and sometimes even a chance of death. Despite the risks, HSCT could be the first MS therapy to reverse disability.