Stem Cell Therapy Helps Traumatic Brain Injury
Causes of TBI
There are various causes of TBI, all stemming from head trauma. Repetitive concussions over time increase inflammation in the brain. Chronic inflammation in brain tissue causes the denaturing of proteins, specifically the tau proteins.
Traumatic brain injury leads to degenerative conditions such as chronic traumatic encepalothapy, Alzeimer’s and dementia.
Symptoms of TBI
Symptoms vary widely from patient to patient depending on the areas of the brain that are affected by the build up and entanglement of proteins. Regions distant to the injury are affected due to synaptic connections. The following symptoms are commonly reported in patients diagnosed with TBI:
- Depression and/or anxiety
- loss of short term memory
- brain fog
- chronic headaches
- intermittant blurred vision
- chronic fatigue
- Low libido
It’s important for the clinician to test the pituitary hormones such as thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), Growth Hormone, FSH, and LH. Brain trauma can affect the production of these important hormones leading to deficiencies of thyroid and testosterone. Many of the symptoms of TBI are attributed to a deficiency in thyroid and testosterone.
Treatments for TBI
The symptoms are treated replacing needed hormones such as testosterone, progesterone and thyroid if deficient. However, there is no conventional treatment to reverse the TBI. A stem cell infusion offers a solution in actually reversing the brain inflammation and slowing or halting the disease process. Treating TBI with stem cells may prevent the progression of the disease to more serious conditions such as Alzeimer’s and Dementia.
How do Stem Cells work?
Stem cells respond to cytokine signaling from injured tissue. Once in the area, they go to work to facilitate the repair of damaged tissue and in the renewal of new healthy cells. Stem cells are well known for the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial affects. There are many ongoing studies for their use in autoimmune conditions.