Pilot Study Shows That Fat Cell Transplants Improves Hand Functioning

Just published – a pilot study showed that autologus stem cell transplants of fat cells from the abdomen, injected into fingers, improved hand disability, pain, swelling, and Raynaud’s in a pilot study in as little as two months. This was an open label pilot study, mostly testing safety, but it appeared that this approach increased the growth and function of small blood vessels in the hands, according to the researchers.

This is a very early study that needs to move to a Phase 2 trial, but an interesting approach. I am guessing that if successful, this treatment approach might not last for a very long time, but it could be very helpful.

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