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Stem cells: Nectar for disabled people

Stem cells can be used to treat Perthes, a disease in children which makes them limp

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Publish Date: Aug 9 2016 1:49PM | Updated Date: Aug 9 2016 1:49PM

Stem cells: Nectar for disabled people
Pediatricians lay great emphasis on the importance of stem cells. Stem cells undoubtedly play a great role throughout the life of baby they belong to. Not just they help in overall development but also help fight various diseases, many studies have proven.
 
 
Now, another study claims that stem cells can be used to treat Perthes which is disease in children which makes them limp before disabling them with debilitating arthritis.
 
 
Perthes is generally seen in children of 4-8 years, it affects three out of 10,000 children in India, mainly in coastal regions. 
 
 
To cure Perthes, approximately 60 ml of bone marrow from which stem cells are extracted, is taken and is reduced to a concentrate. After the concentrate is ready, a hole is made in affected bone and the concentrate is injected inside after which the problem is sealed. The whole process takes merely an hour.
 
 
Before this, the patients were saved by performing a surgery on them. The surgery would trim the bone affected. The treatment was not very efficient because the patients were left disabled afterwards for their whole lives.