HOW DO STEM CELLS HELP BRAIN ANEURYSMS?
Brain aneurysms are small pockets caused by broken down blood vessels in the brain. They affect up to 5% of the population. Treatments are only 70% effective, requiring patients to undergo multiple surgeries. Stem cells from fat tissue may be a future aneurysm treatment option. Stem cells can turn into blood vessels and close the opening to the aneurysm opening, eliminating the risk of stroke. Lab tests show stem cells could benefit current treatments, but it is unknown how they work.
Working with neurosurgeon Dr. Alim Mitha, we are trying to discover how stem cells repair aneurysms. This research is critical to advance to clinical trials. Keep reading below to learn more about what my research is targeting specifically.
Stem cells come from all over the adult body. Bone marrow, fat tissue, skin, and blood are just some examples. Which type of stem cell is best to help brain aneurysms?
Stem cells have a timeline of effectiveness.
How long does it take for stem cells to finish helping?
Stem cells are large cells and can get caught in many different parts of the body. They have no negative effects from getting caught.
Where do they go if they don't remain in their intended target?
Stem cells do so many different things. They can turn into blood vessel tissue and they can also release healing related proteins.
What method are they doing that helps aneurysms so much?