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More About Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Symptoms of cerebral palsy differ from patient to patient. A number of common symptoms of the disease are listed below:
Lack of muscle coordination
Shaky arms and legs
Difficulties in communication
Poor muscle tone and stiff or floppy muscles
Tremors of involuntary movements
Delays and difficulties in sitting, pushing up, or crawling
Abnormal walking like walking on toes, crouched gait with stoop, scissor like gait with knees crossing, wide or asymmetrical gait
Excessive drooling or problems in swallowing
Delayed speech development or difficulties in speaking
Unable to make precise movements
Difficulties in vision and hearing
Abnormal sensitivity to touch and pain
Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
A full neurological exam is required to be taken by the patient for complete understanding of the severity of cerebral palsy. Other tests required are:
CT Scan of the head
MRI of the head
Infectious disease testing
Stem Cell Treatment Procedure for Cerebral Palsy
Because of significant damage or disability of the neurons, the brain of a cerebral palsy patient is unable to transmit correct messages to the other organs in an efficient manner.
Stem cell therapy aims at repairing the damage to those cells so that better motor coordination and relief can be achieved.
The process is carried out in three stages:
First the stem cells are harvested from the bone marrow or adipose tissues of the patient as per requirement.
These stem cells are isolated, enriched and activated for best results.
And finally, they are administered in the patient's body intravenously or through intrathecal procedure.
The stem cells reach the targeted areas and differentiate the lost neurons.
The damage recovery and rebuilding of new cells start and the patient can start showing positive results very soon.
After the procedure
This is a daycare procedure and may take up to 8 hours. The patient may have to return for repeat procedures as per the response of the patient to the treatment. It is a non-invasive procedure and hence no extra precautions or dietary restrictions are required and the patient can resume the normal day to day activity. Behavioral treatments, communication and social interaction, self-regulation, etc. are some of the techniques which will aid the recovery procedure of a cerebral palsy patient.
Factors Affecting the Cost of Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
The following factors may affect your cost of stem cell treatmen for cerebral palsyt:
The Kind of hospital you opt for
Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate, and room service).
Operating room, ICU
Fee for the team of doctors (Surgeons ,Anesthetist ,Physiotherapist ,Dietician )
Standard test and diagnostic procedures
Type of stem cells used
If the stem cells are being taken from a donor
How many stem cell injections are being given and how they are being given meaning intrathecal administration or intravenous administration