Who Says You Cannot Change Your Skin?
Literally, there could be nothing blissful rather than being comfortable in your own skin. But mishaps make it miserable. Skin diseases, burning and other problems make patients’ skin awful. Even sometimes skin diseases make it so fragile that even normal rubbing or scratching can lead to massive blisters or wounds. Rare genetic diseases for example Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB) make people suffer from this kind of problem the most. There is a protein at the top layer of the skin known as laminin-332, JEB patients get a mutation in it. When the protein stops functioning, any kind of friction such as rubbing or scratching can cause blisters or separate the topmost layer of the skin.
Primarily there is no cure for JEB, it affects the teens most and a good number of patients die at the first year of disease in their life.
Stem Cell Therapy
You can call it a breakthrough for the treatment of JEB. In a publication of Nature magazine, it has been claimed by Italian scientists that stem cell from the patient can help to heal JEB. In the laboratory, the researchers made a sheet of a skin with the stem cells or healthy skin of the body that is used for replacing the JEB affected skin area. This is now majorly popular in OKC and people ready do want to experience this stem cell therapy.
This treatment was first done on a 7 years old boy who had lost 80% of his skin approximately. Doctors had tried all available treatment options and asked for permission to try this treatment method. The treatment process is kick-started by obtaining un-blistered skin cells. Then the cells received laminin gene by gene therapy procedure. These corrected cells were expanded for grafting.
Within a month, the patient had got visibly wonderful results. Within two years the skin was completely cured, it firmly adhered to the underlying skin and showed signs of normal skin and withstood the stress of blisters. This is how stem cell therapy can act as a boon for the affected patients all over the world including OKC.
Skin is the largest organ of the human body and it literally protects all the organs inside. It senses the environment, protects from infection and other physical damage. It sloughs off naturally and replaces itself. Epidermal stem cells replenish the skin cells as well as hair follicles and sweat glands. Previously, there was no cure for JEB but now stem cell therapy works like a wonder.
We wish you that you do not suffer from JEB. In case you suffer from it or have any other skin related issues, come to us at Non Op Ortho for stem cell therapy in OKC.