When it comes to stem cells, their potential for treating a variety of disorders and issues seems almost limitless. Scientists are now discussing the benefits of intranasal delivery of stem cells for safe, noninvasive applications straight to the central nervous system (CNS). Learn what this could mean for you or a loved one.
Unlike other stem cell delivery methods, intranasal stem cell therapy is able to deliver stem cells across the blood-brain barrier safely:
“Noninvasive intranasal stem cells and other therapeutic cells bypass the blood-brain barrier to target the CNS to treat Parkinson’s disease, stroke, neonatal ischemia, hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, TBI, Alzheimer’s and other central nervous system disorders,” reports researchers to OMICS International.
The intranasal stem cell therapy procedure works by first gathering stem cells directly from the patient’s own blood through a normal blood draw, roughly six to twelve hour prior to an infusion. Infusions require that the patient lay back on the exam table with their head tilted perpendicular to the ground. A local anesthetic will be sprayed into the nose to promote patient comfort during the procedure. The stem cells are then dripped into the nasal passages with a dedicated device for this therapy. The patient will then lie for approximately 15 minutes while the cells fuse into the brain. After this, the treatment session ends and the patient is free to return to normal activities.
The intranasal approach to delivering concentrated stem cell quantities to the brain shows promise for treating various issues of neuroinflammation, repairing and preserving brain tissue and rebooting cognitive function following a traumatic brain injury according to recent stem cell research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Other studies have also illustrated how adult neural stem cells have regenerative and reparative properties for necessary treatments to the central nervous system.
The use of adult stem cells for research and treatment escape the controversy that embryonic stem cells face. This is because adult stem cells are derived from adult tissue samples rather than discarded human embryos. By law, these adult stem cells have to be infused into the patient within 24 hours after being extracted.
Intranasal delivery of stem cells provides a non-invasive and effective approach for direct application to the central nervous system. Recent studies have demonstrated that stem cells may enter the central nervous system after intranasal administration. This alternative approach for stem cell-based therapy means that a safe transplantation of stem cells into the brain is possible where before there were too many risks with other approaches. Overcoming the existing barriers of stem cell delivery could open doors for the treatment of many neurological disorders. “This potential benefit emphasizes the importance of future research into intranasal delivery of stem cells,” writes the National Institutes of Health.
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