Korean Stem Cell Treatment Stimulates New Bone Growth
An 18-year-old with a damaged jawbone has found new hope through a treatment using adult stem cells. When a tumor developed in his jawbone, one side of the bone along with most of his teeth had to be removed. However, clinical tests of forming bones using adult stem cells have restored the damaged jawbone and his appearance looks normal now.
Adult stem cells are taken from the bone marrow of the patient then multiplied and specialized to form an osteoblast, a bone-forming cell. It may sound complicated, but the treatment itself is quite simple. A bone-forming cell is injected into the impaired part, and after six months to one year, new bone material grows in to fill the gap.
Researchers say this is the first time treatment using adult stem cells has passed the clinical trial phase. The results were published in the British medical journal BMC Medicine and presented at the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.