Researchers from Okayama University have developed a method to treat the congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome [HLHS] by utilizing a specialized cardiac stem cell. In a Phase I clinical trial conducted on children suffering from HLHS, the scientists concluded that, because the young stem cells in children are more abundant and self-renewing than those in adults, intracoronary injection of stem cells is a safe and feasible approach to treating the condition.
Children born with HLHS may die if they do not receive immediate surgery within a few days of birth, as well as long term treatments thereafter. While further research is necessary to determine the full applicability of the procedure, the children’s own cardiac stem cells may hold the key to providing children born with HLHS with a higher quality of life.
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