Stem cell treatment is where cells originally from the person themselves, or provided by a donor, are turned into a cell which can then replace damaged specialized cells, such as those in the brain. In cerebral palsy, the oligodendrocytes, or supportive cells, may be damaged and their main role is to assist in the transmission of electrical messages along another type of brain cell called neurons. Where there has been damage to neurons and oligodendrocytes, the messages cannot be sent and so the brain cannot fully coordinate the way the body moves. Stem cell treatment may potentially replace these damaged cells and improve the environment in which they function.
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Understanding Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
- Medical Interventions