Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Anthony Atala  
Wake Forest University School of Medicine,
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston Salem, NC 27157


The Use of Stem Cells for the Treatment of Spinal Surgical Conditions.

Author(s): Syed Aftab, Mukai Chimutengwende-Gordon, Atif Malik, Robert Lee.


Spinal pathologies are a major burden on society and individuals. Recent years have seen a large number of studies dedicated to the use of stem cells in spinal surgery. This review focuses on recent advances and controversies regarding the applications of stem cells in spinal fusion surgery, spinal cord injury and intervertebral disc degeneration. There are significant concerns regarding the ethics and risks of stem cell use. Animal models do not always accurately depict the human condition. While a great deal has been achieved, successful translation into clinical practice is needed. However there is no doubt that stem cells have a major role to play in the future management of spinal conditions.

Keywords: Intervertebral disc degeneration, stem cells, spinal fusion, spinal cord injury.

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Article Details

Year: 2013
Page: [456 - 463]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1574888X1130800064
Price: $58