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2022 Dec 12

J Perinat Med

Cerebral palsy – brain repair with stem cells.


Jensen A
J Perinat Med. 2022 Dec 12.
PMID: 36503655.


Cerebral palsy, the most common disability in childhood, is a devastating non-progressive ailment of the infants' brain with lifelong sequelae, e.g., spastic paresis, chronic pain, inability to walk, intellectual disability, behavioral disorders, for which there is no cure at present. CP may develop after pediatric brain damage caused, e.g., by hypoxic-ischemia, periventricular leukomalacia, intracranial, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, trauma, stroke, and infection. About 17 million people worldwide live with cerebral palsy as a result of pediatric brain damage. This reflects both the magnitude of the personal, medical, and socioeconomic global burden of this brain disorder and the overt unmet therapeutic needs of the pediatric population. This review will focus on recent preclinical, clinical, and regulatory developments in cell therapy for infantile cerebral palsy by transplantation of cord blood derived mononuclear cells from bench to bedside. The body of evidence suggests that cord blood cell therapy of cerebral palsy in the autologous setting is feasible, effective, and safe, however, adequately powered phase 3 trials are overdue.