Stem Cell Treatment for MS

There have been a variety of studies done on the use of stem cells in MS patients. The most common way is where physicians take bone marrow stem cells from the patient's body and keep them alive. Next, they use chemotherapy to essentially wipe out the patient’s immune system. Lastly, they put the bone marrow stem cells back into the patient’s body. The new immune system cells produced (by the stem cells) are "naive" and do not see the myelin as an invader, or something to be attacked. Therefore, they no longer attack the myelin and the patient’s body can get to work healing any early-stage multiple sclerosis damage.

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