New Study Using Combination of Bioengineered Skin and Stem Cells Shows Promise in Treatment of Non-Healing Wounds
posted on 05/03/2009
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease that leads to thickening and severe scarring of skin as well as thickening and failure of internal organs, including the lungs, heart, kidneys and intestines. The disease — which the Scleroderma Foundation estimates affects approximately 300,000 Americans — can be fatal and there is no cure. A major and incapacitating complication of scleroderma is the development of ulcers on the patients’ fingers and toes that are very painful and difficult to heal. Now, researchers are studying the viability of administering stem cells topically to ulcerated fingers using bioengineered skin to help heal these wounds.