Fighting diabetic amputation at Temple University with Stem Cells

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Worldwide, an amputation is performed every 30 seconds on a person with diabetes. Right now researchers are testing a new way to improve circulation and save limbs with a patient’s own cells.
Nerve damage and poor circulation in diabetics’ feet can lead to ulcers. If not treated the toe, foot, or even part of the leg may have to be amputated. Doctor Eric Choi from the Temple’s Limb Salvage Center is testing a new procedure that would give patients another option to save a foot, or leg.
It’s called angiogenesis. Choi and his colleagues are testing a therapy that prompts the body to regrow blood vessels. Doctors extract bone marrow from a patient’s hip. The marrow is stimulated to produce new cells. Those cells are re-injected into patients, and create brand new vessels needed to improve blood flow. Choi says the earlier patients seek treatment, the better the outcome.
Doctor Choi says angiogenesis may increase a patient’s risk of developing cancer, so it may not be an option for all patients. Researchers hope to enroll six hundred people nationwide to study the therapy.

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