Cerebral Palsy (also known as CP) belongs to a group of congenital disorders that affect one’s ability to move and to maintain balance and posture. It is non-progressive and non-contagious, and is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain. Some may develop CP during pregnancy; some may get it during childbirth, or after birth up to about the age three. The motor disorders caused by CP are often accompanied with disturbances of cognition, perception, sensation, communication, behavior, and secondary musculoskeletal problems. Seizure disorders are common with CP. Babies with cerebral palsy are often noted to have the problems of being ‘slow’ to sit, roll over, crawl, smile or learn to walk.
There is no cure for CP. However, there are treatments that may improve the symptoms and life quality of patients with CP, such as: cell treatment, braces, medications, and physical/occupational/speech therapy.
We combined cell therapy with rehabilitation therapies (includes occupational therapy, physical therapy and traditional Chinese acupuncture) to treat cerebral palsy.
Two kinds of cells are available for cerebral palsy patients
Autologous MNCs: Autologous means “self-derived”. MNCs is the abbreviation of "Mono Nuclear Cells", which are isolated from bone marrow or mobilized peripheral blood (which is collected from the patients' own blood).The MNCs contain several kinds of cells, including: EPCs （endothelial progenitor cells）, MSCs (mesenchymal cells), MAPCs (multipotent adult progenitor cells), MIAMI cells（marrow-isolated adult multi-lineage inducible cells）, VSELs (very small embryonic-like cells), HSC (hematopoietic cells) and etc.
Allogeneic Cells: Allogeneic cells are taken from different individuals of the same species. Allogeneic cells at Puhua International Hospital are taken from the new-born babies'umbilical cord blood.
Lumbar Puncture: In this way, the injected cells will move along the cerebrospinal fluid and some of them can arrive at the injured part.
IV Injection: cells injected via IV approach will circulate around the whole body. In this way, patient’s general condition can be improved.
As an integral part of cell therapy, the rehabilitations include daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions and complementary Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment.These comprehensive rehabilitation therapies can help improve patient's body functions, congnition etc.