Introduction and Stem Cell Basics
Steam Cells have been touted as treatment for lung disease. More specifically…Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Emphysema…Chronic Bronchitis…Pulmonary Fibrosis…and Interstitial Lung Disease. The stem cells are harvested from a patient’s blood and bone marrow. A sample is taken. The stem cells are separated from others. Such as those that might be diseased. The stem cells are then returned to the patient’s bloodstream. The Lung Institute offers advanced stem cell treatment.
Passage and Pulmonary Trap
They re-enter the body through an IV drip. Going to the right side of your heart almost immediately. A heartbeat or two spreads the treatment to your lungs. After this…your blood distributes the item to the rest of your body. Yet when these stem cells start treating the lungs…there is the possibility of a pulmonary trap. This is a double edged sword. As this slows down stem cell treatment for the lungs. But it also slows down further chance of lung disease. More information on lung diseases available at lunginstitute.com.
Blood (Venous) Treatment
Less invasive than bone marrow treatment…this method focuses strictly on blood. This also specializes in hematopoietic stem cells. As opposed to a mixture of hematopoietic and mysenchmal stem cells within bone marrow. Treatment is administered over the course of three days in a clinical outpatient setting. This after a pulmonary function test and prep work are done. Due to this treatment being only blood related…there has ti be more follow up care. Mostly the two week..three month…and six month marks.
Bone Marrow Treatment
This treatment allows patients to breathe easier during their illness. While also requiring a three day process…this outpatient procedure occurs in two parts. Minor surgery is also involved. There are more stem cells within one’s bone marrow. Leading to a higher success rate and a significant improvement on a patient’s quality of life. This method requires additional prep and bloodwork. Along with a pulmonary function test…an electrocardiogram (EKG) is also performed. The fist day of treatment involves a blood sample collected through an IV. Day two is the minor bone marrow surgery. The blood and bone marrow samples are separated and cleaned. Then the clean stem cells are re-introduced through the IV. Follow up treatment begins soon after.
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