Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine for Lung Disease

CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE - COPD

Third leading cause of death in U.S., chronic lung disease are either obstructive (cannot get air out) or restrictive (cannot get the air in). More than 24 millions are diagnosed with chronic lung disease and millions have gone undiagnosed.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): Chronic Bronchitis or Emphysema
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD): Pulmonary Fibrosis or Bronchiectasis

Stem Cell is a blank cell capable of replicating itself or differentiating itself to any type of tissue. Stem cells can heal tissues or replace tissues. Different type of stem cells: Embryonic / Fetal, Induced Pluripotent (IPS), Umbilical Cord Blood and Adult (Allogeneic & Autologous).

Autologous (/ôˈtäləɡəs/) adult stem cells can be extracted from:
  1. Fat Derived (Adipose) - Not good for people with cardiovascular history as stem cells stimulate the heart.
  2. Blood Derived (Venous)
  3. Bone Marrow Derived - Not good for patients using anticoagulants blood thinners.
by different processes. Then it will be reintroduced into the body.

Conventional medicine only offers day-to-day management of the symptoms:
  • Inhalers including steroids
  • Oral medications
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Nebulizers
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Non-invasive positive pressure ventilation
  • Lung reduction or transplant surgery
Minimally invasive stem cell therapy has shown promising results in COPD and associated disease. Regenerative medicine option offers the following:
  • Slow down the disease
  • Calm inflammation
  • Restore lung function
Stem cell has get to the right spot and tissues. Orthopedic stem cell is years ahead as the capsule in the joint keeps the cells in the joint. The same goes for stem cell therapy for COPD as that cells has lodge in pulmonary passage, called Pulmonary Trap, see NIH research study. Science shows the lung behaves like a Christmas tree and trap the stem cells, especially with the inflamed diseased lung. The injection to the vein goes straight from heart to the lung and cells get trapped there. They activate and modulate immune system, reduce inflammation. COPD has some component of Immune system and genetic propensity.

Remember, the sooner you get treatment the better results.