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Local injection of mesenchymal stem cells derived from autologous bone marrow shows promise in healing recalcitrant neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers, a novel study from Egypt shows.

After 6 weeks, median ulcer reductions were 49.9% and 7.67% in stem-cell–treated and control groups, respectively, and after 12 weeks, median ulcer reductions were 68.24% and 5.27%. Complete healing was achieved in one case in the mesenchymal stem cell–treated group.

“The healing mechanism may be due to the pure effect of injected mesenchymal stem cells, which is due to the ability of these cells to simulate angiogenesis in the wound bed, decrease excessive inflammation, and suppress scarring,” explained Dr Albehairy.

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