New stem cell treatment
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|Fri, 07-19-2013 - 12:17pm|
A little girl with Ebstein's anomaly has a new heart valve from new a new treatment method that will hopefully grow with her:
Previously, surgeons would repair, replace, or close her valve, but that surgery would need to be done over and over as she grows.
“The holy grail for heart valve repair and replacement is a valve that will grow with the child,” said Burke.
Doctors created the valve out of extracellular matrix, a substance extracted from a pig’s bladder. The implant acts like a fishnet. It captures stem cells flowing in Analiah’s blood stream. The cells attach to the impact, grow around it, and create a new heart valve.