STEM CELL TREATMENT OF VASCULITIS
Vasculitis refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders that are characterized by inflammatory destruction of blood vessels. Both arteries and veins are affected. Vasculitis is primarily due to leukocyte migration and resultant damage.
Stem Cell Transplant is often preceded by high-dose chemotherapy and/or radiation, which destroys both your diseased and healthy cells. You must be in the hospital to avoid exposure to infection. In case of autologous transplant, Stem cells are collected from the patient’s blood or bone marrow and stored until time of transplant. Whereas, in allogeneic transplant, Stem cells are collected from the blood or bone marrow of a relative, or a non-related donor. After transplant, patient will have to remain in the hospital for about three to four weeks. We treat patient with Autologous Blood stem cells is feasible and effective in severe, treatment-resistant forms of systemic vasculitis. Data are sparse, further prospective studies are needed. Most of the vasculitis patients reported until now, mostly good partial remissions, but less complete remissions were achieved.