Stem cell transplant- a cure to multiple sclerosisCreated by:
Recently, a cancer treatment known as autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) has been trailed and has reported improvement in the health condition among patients with multiple sclerosis. The procedure prevents the immune system from attacking the myelin fibres and nerve cells. This is known as rebooting the immune system till the time prior to causing sclerosis. The stem cells are withdrawn from the bone marrow and allowed to freeze. The patient undergoes high-dose chemotherapy to destroy the defective cells. The frozen hematopoietic stem cells are thawed and reinfused which causes the production of new normal stem cells. Risks such as nausea and hair loss have been reported.