Biology Faculty Articles

Title

Concise Review: Stem Cell Therapies for Neuropathic Pain

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-9-2013

Publication Title

Stem Cells Translational Medicine

Keywords

Adult stem cells, Cellular therapy, Neuropathy, Stem cell-microenvironment interactions

ISSN

2157-6564

Volume

2

Issue/No.

5

First Page

394

Last Page

399

Abstract

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that is heterogeneous in nature and has different causes. Different from and more burdensome than nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain more severely affects people's quality of life. Understanding the various mechanisms of the onset and progression of neuropathic pain is important in the development of an effective treatment. Research is being done to replace current pharmacological treatments with cellular therapies that will have longer lasting effects. Stem cells present an exciting potential therapy for neuropathic pain. In this review, we describe the neuroprotective effects of stem cells along with special emphasis on the current translational research using stem cells to treat neuropathic pain.

Comments

©AlphaMed Press

DOI

10.5966/sctm.2012-0122

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