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Spinal cord injury research may help victims in the future

Those suffering from spinal cord injuries in West Virginia may naturally question whether they will ever return to normal. Many of these victims struggle with issues such as incontinence as well as the loss of sensation and movement. Fortunately, a university in another state is seeking eight patients to participate in a test that may result in a new treatment for people with spinal cord injury.

The researchers are searching for individuals in whom the lower or middle levels of their spine's thoracic vertebrae have been injured. They are specifically looking for those who suffered these injuries within the past two years. With the help of these injury victims, scientists may be able to evaluate how safe it is to transplant stem cells from the brain into a person’s spine.

The doctors involved in the study at UC San Diego also would like to find out how long these cells that have been transplanted will last. They want to learn whether drugs that are supposed to prevent a person’s immune system from rejecting the stem cells are effective. The researchers will additionally search for potential changes in sensory and motor function, pain levels, bladder function and bowel function in the study participants.

Advanced technologies may help spinal cord injury sufferers to lead more normal lives in the future. Unfortunately, until then, many of these victims are faced with many challenges that other people often take for granted. The injured person reserves the right to file a liability lawsuit against the party who caused his or her injuries due to negligent behavior in West Virginia.

Source: kpbs.org, "UCSD Looking For Spinal Cord Injury Patients To Test Stem Cell Treatment", , Aug. 12, 2014

Source: kpbs.org, "UCSD Looking For Spinal Cord Injury Patients To Test Stem Cell Treatment", , Aug. 12, 2014

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