Stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Stem cell therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

OVERVIEW

Name: Abdulwahed
Diagnosis: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
D.O.B: 01 January 1989
Gender: Male
Country: Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

Treatment: Stem cell treatment for ALS, rehabilitation therapy, traditional Chinese medicine-TCM

HISTORY

Patient Abdul Wahed was 23-years-old man who was admitted to Puhua International Hospital in Beijing, China on 03December2010, due to “progressive motor disability of four limbs for two years, accompanied by a speech disorder,” with a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Two years before admission, Patient Abdul Wahed felt weakness in the left middle finger and later in his left ring finger. Two months after that, both of his hands became very weak. Six months later, his condition became worse, as his arms were by then involved, accompanied with muscle atrophy and slight pricking pain. His speech became unintelligible. Occasionally, he would have difficulty in swallowing food and could easily choke while drinking. He experienced progressive weakness in his lower limbs, especially in the feet, which caused him to manifest a very unsteady gait. He was prescribed vitamin treatments at that time, which had no effect, and his condition continued deteriorating. By one year prior to admission, his muscle atrophy was becoming apparent in both of his limbs and his trunk. His activities were greatly diminished due to the muscle atrophy and the secondary weakness. He was unable to eat with or walk by himself, and a wheelchair was soon necessary.

As the condition continued deteriorating, Patient Abdul Wahed and his brother investigated (and later decided to try) stem cell treatment at PIH for his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Medical condition before Stem Cell Treatment

Before stem cell treatment for his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Patient Abdul Wahed was unable to speak clearly or quickly. Obvious muscle atrophy was quite apparent over his limbs and trunk.

Without assistance, he could lift up his arms only to the level of his shoulder. He was able to stand by himself, but not walk. He could turn over from his back and get up from bed by himself; however, he could not sit without assistance. He had intermittent difficulty swallowing, and would choke while drinking water. Sometimes, he would have respiratory difficulties when sleeping.

Stem Cell Treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Injections of neural stem cells, self stem cell activation and proliferation therapy, rehabilitation therapy (Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy), and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Medical condition after Stem Cell Treatment (SCT)

With stem cell treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Patient Abdul Wahed’s condition became almost better day-by-day.

His muscle atrophy was initially stabilized; the muscle strength in his trunk and four limbs then significantly improved. He is now able to change his sitting position to standing position by himself without any assistance. He was soon able to walk for more than 20 steps (approximately 4 meters) without assistance and his body posture was more upright and normal. When he was in the supine position, he could abduct and stretch both of his arms, and increasingly do what was asked of him in physical therapy and rehab.

The muscle strength was soon improved in all of his fingers compared with his condition at admission, and the muscle tone began to return.

In addition, the quality of Patient Abdul Wahed’s sleep has also improved as the muscles of his thorax gained strength.

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