Stem cell biology and its therapeutic applications in the setting of spinal cord injury

Nicholas C. Bambakidis, John Butler, Eric M. Horn, Xukui Wang, Mark C. Preul, Nicholas Theodore, Robert F. Spetzler, Volker K.H. Sonntag

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Abstract

The development of an acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) inevitably leads to a complex cascade of ischemia and inflammation that results in significant scar tissue formation. The development of such scar tissue provides a severe impediment to neural regeneration and healing with restoration of function. A multimodal approach to treatment is required because SCIs occur with differing levels of severity and over different lengths of time. To achieve significant breakthroughs in outcomes, such approaches must combine both neuroprotective and neuroregenerative treatments. Novel techniques modulating endogenous stem cells demonstrate great promise in promoting neuroregeneration and restoring function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE19
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Volume24
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • Neuroregeneration
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stem cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Bambakidis, N. C., Butler, J., Horn, E. M., Wang, X., Preul, M. C., Theodore, N., Spetzler, R. F., & Sonntag, V. K. H. (2008). Stem cell biology and its therapeutic applications in the setting of spinal cord injury. Neurosurgical focus, 24(3-4), [E19]. https://doi.org/10.3171/FOC/2008/24/3-4/E18