July 18, 2018

 

Stem Cell Therapy for Myopathy--Hope Medical Group

Myopathy refers to any disease that affects muscle tissue. Diseases of the muscle result in weakness, inflammation, tetany (spasms), or paralysis. Myopathy causes dysfunction of the muscles due to inflammation or disease and can cause a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.

The prospect of a muscle disease worries some people because they are afraid of not being able to walk. Yet in many cases, treatment exists for myopathy (muscle disease). Proper diagnosis and treatment raise the chance of living life fully despite this illness.

Myopathy is the medical term for muscle disease. Some muscle diseases occur when the body's immune system attacks muscles. The result is misdirected inflammation, hence the name inflammatory myopathies. This damages muscle tissue and makes muscles weak.

People with inflammatory myopathies may have these features:

. Weakness in the large muscles around the neck, shoulders and hips
. Trouble climbing stairs, getting up from a seat, or reaching for objects overhead
. Little, if any, pain in the muscles
. Choking while eating or aspiration (intake) of food into the lungs
. Shortness of breath and cough

The inflammatory myopathies include polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Muscle inflammation and weakness occur in both conditions, and patients with dermatomyositis also have a rash. This rash most often appears as purple or red spots on the upper eyelids. Scaly, red bumps over the back of the fingers may also occur on the knuckles or the elbows or knees. Children with the disease also may have white calcium deposits in the skin called calcinosis.

Sometimes patients can have the rash with no sign of muscle disease. Doctors call this form of the disease amyopathic dermatomyositis.

People with dermatomyositis may also have lung inflammation (pneumonitis). Children with the disease may have an inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis).

Some doctors group a health problem called inclusion body myositis with the inflammatory myopathies. Yet, it differs from them. Men get it more often than women, and the patients tend to be older. Most of these patients do not respond to standard treatment.

To date, no medicine can treat myopathy. Medications only aid and give relief but cannot treat latent diseases.

Stem Cell Treatment

Stem cell therapy therapy is advance therapy used to treat congenital myopathies by replacing or fixing defective genes. A stem cell therapy replaces faulty genes and creating the possibility to swap a faulty muscle cells with healthy cells.

Stem cells can renew themselves and become other types of cells in the body. This ability to change into other types of tissue is known as “plasticity”. A stem cell is a primitive type of cell that can be coaxed into developing into most of the 220 types of cells found in the human body (e.g. blood cells, heart cells, brain cells, etc).

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have two important characteristics that distinguish them from other cells in the body. First, they can replenish their numbers for long periods through cell division. Second, after receiving certain chemical signals, they can differentiate, or transform into specialized cells with specific functions, such as a heart cell or nerve cell.

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