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Sharma A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Gokulchandran N.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Kulkarni P.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Chopra G.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute
Indian Journal of Medical Sciences | Year: 2010

Giant axonal neuropathy is a rare disorder of autosomal recessive inheritance, morphologically characterized by accumulation of neurofilaments in enlargements of preterminal regions of central and peripheral axons. We present a 7-year-old girl with thick and tightly curled lackluster hair suffering from giant axonal neuropathy. The diagnosis was confirmed on the brain MRI which showed white matter abnormalities in the anterior and posterior periventricular regions as well as the cerebellar white matter. In view of the same, the patient was given intrathecal autologous bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy as part of the neuroregenerative rehabilitation therapy protocol. The patient showed functional improvements in her disability after receiving the therapy. A detailed case report is presented here with.

Sharma A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Gokulchandran N.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Chopra G.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Kulkarni P.,Neuro Gen Brain and Spine Institute | And 3 more authors.
Cell Transplantation | Year: 2012

Neurological disorders such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and injury to the brain and spine currently have no known definitive treatments or cures. A study was carried out on 71 children suffering from such incurable neurological disorders and injury. They were intrathecally and intramuscularly administered autologous bone marrow-derived mononuclear cells. Assessment after transplantation showed neurological improvements in muscle power and a shift on assessment scales such as FIM and Brooke and Vignos scale. Further, imaging and electrophysiological studies also showed significant changes in selective cases. On an average follow-up of 15 ± 1 months, overall 97% muscular dystrophy cases showed subjective and functional improvement, with 2 of them also showing changes on MRI and 3 on EMG. One hundred percent of the spinal cord injury cases showed improvement with respect to muscle strength, urine control, spasticity, etc. Eighty-five percent of cases of cerebral palsy cases showed improvements, out of which 75% reported improvement in muscle tone and 50% in speech among other symptoms. Eighty-eight percent of cases of other incurable neurological disorders such as autism, Retts Syndrome, giant axonal neuropathy, etc., also showed improvement. No significant adverse events were noted. The results show that this treatment is safe, efficacious, and also improves the quality of life of children with incurable neurological disorders and injury. © 2012 Cognizant Comm. Corp.

Sharma A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Sane H.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Paranjape A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Bhagawanani K.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | And 2 more authors.
American Journal of Case Reports | Year: 2014

Objective: Congenital defects/diseases. Background: Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal, genetic, progressive, degenerating muscle disorder. Current treatment options are palliative. Newer options of cellular therapy promise to alter the disease process. Preclinical studies have successfully tested myogenic, neurogenic potential and dystrophin expression of bone marrow mononuclear cells. Case Report: We treated a 9-year-old boy suffering from DMD with serial autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantations followed by multidisciplinary rehabilitation. Brooke-Vignos score was 10 and he was wheelchairbound. Over 36 months, gradual progressive improvement was noticed in muscle strength, ambulation with assistive devices, fine motor movements, Brooke-Vignos score, and functional independence measure score. Nine months after the transplantation, electromyography findings showed development of new normal motor unit potentials of the vastus medialis muscle. Conclusions: Magnetic resonance imaging scan of musculoskeletal systems showed no increase in fatty infiltration. This case report provides early investigative findings or the restorative effects of cellular therapy in DMD. © Am J Case Rep, 2014.

Sharma A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Sane H.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Kulkarni P.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | D'sa M.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | And 2 more authors.
Cell Journal | Year: 2015

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non progressive, demyelinating disorder that affects a child's development and posture and may be associated with sensation, cognition, communication and perception abnormalities. In CP, cerebral white matter is injured resulting in the loss of oligodendrocytes. This causes damage to the myelin and disruption of nerve conduction. Cell therapy is being explored as an alternate therapeutic strategy as there is no treatment currently available for CP. To study the benefits of this treatment we have administered autologous bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) to a 12-year-old CP case. He was clinically re-evaluated after six months and found to demonstrate positive clinical and functional outcomes. His trunk strength, upper limb control, hand functions, walking stability, balance, posture and coordination improved. His ability to perform activities of daily living improved. On repeating the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), the score increased from 90 to 113. A repeat positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan of the brain six months after intervention showed progression of the mean standard deviation values towards normalization which correlated to the functional changes. At one year, all clinical improvements have remained. This indicated that cell transplantation may improve quality of life and have a potential for treatment of CP. © 2015, Royan Institute (ACECR). All rights reserved.

Sharma A.K.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Sane H.M.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Paranjape A.A.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | Gokulchandran N.,NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Stem Cells | Year: 2015

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorder with fatal prognosis. Cellular therapy has been studied for ALS in various animal models and these advances have highlighted its potential to be a treatment modality. This is a retrospective controlled cohort study of total 57 patients. Out of these, 37 patients underwent autologous bone marrow mononuclear cell transplantation in addition to standard rehabilitation and Riluzole. Control group consisted of 20 patients who did not receive cell transplantation. The survival duration since the onset of the disease for both the groups was computed using a Kaplan-Meier Survival analysis and compared using log-rank test. Effect of age at onset, type of onset and lithium on survival duration in the intervention group was analyzed. Mean survival duration of patients in intervention group was 87.76 months which was higher than the control group mean survival duration of 57.38 months. Survival duration was significantly (p = 0.039) higher in people with the onset of the disease below 50 years of age. Limb onset and lithium also showed positive influence on the survival duration. Mean survival duration of the intervention group was also higher than the survival duration of ALS patients in previous epidemiological studies. In addition to the standard treatment with Riluzole, early intervention with combination of BMMNCs transplantation and Lithium may have a positive effect on the survival duration in ALS. Prospective randomized controlled studies with a larger sample size and rigorous methodology are required for conclusive findings. © 2015, E-Century Publishing Corporation. All rights reserved.

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