Explaining Stem Cell Treatment for Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body produces too much collagen, causing skin and other organs to become stiff and tight. There’s currently no cure for the disease, but there are different treatments which can ease the symptoms.

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The Scleroderma Foundation shared this video of Dr. Richard Burt’s presentation at the 2016 National Parent Education Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Burt talks about hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and how clinical trials and conventional treatments affect many of the symptoms of scleroderma.

Despite there being approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. who have scleroderma, it seems that many people are either completely unaware of the disease or are confused as to what the disease actually is.

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2 comments

  1. Mary J. Salek says:

    I have PAH secondary to scleroderma. I am not eligible for a lung transplant (72 yrs old), am I eligible for stem cell treatments? I live in NJ. Is there something available for me? Please contact me.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Mary. We would like to say that you are eligible, but we honestly do not know. This is something you would have to talk extensively with your doctor about.

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