Concise review: Stem cell therapies for neuropathic pain

Veronica R. Fortino, Daniel Pelaez, Herman S. Cheung

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Abstract

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that is heterogeneous in nature and has different causes. Different from and more burdensome than nociceptive pain, neuropathic pain more severely affects people's quality of life. Understanding the various mechanisms of the onset and progression of neuropathic pain is important in the development of an effective treatment. Research is being done to replace current pharmacological treatments with cellular therapies that will have longer lasting effects. Stem cells present an exciting potential therapy for neuropathic pain. In this review, we describe the neuroprotective effects of stem cells along with special emphasis on the current translational research using stem cells to treat neuropathic pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-399
Number of pages6
JournalStem Cells Translational Medicine
Volume2
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • Adult stem cells
  • Cellular therapy
  • Neuropathy
  • Stem cell-microenvironment interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental Biology

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