Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
When you have COPD you will have some if not all of the symptoms below:
- A cough which wont go away, often coughing up mucus
Often coughing up mucus
- Short of breath, especially when performing a physical task
- Tightness of the chest
- Disrupted sleep pattern
- Continued decline in energy
Many people with COPD have attacks called exacerbations. This is when your usual symptoms quickly get worse and stay worse. A COPD flare-up can be dangerous, and continue to worsen with increased levels of damage to the lung tissues.
The focus of COPD stem cell treatment is targeting two main areas:
1. The conducting airway tubes, including the trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles.
2. The gas exchange regions, or alveolar spaces.
In normal lungs, there are progenitor cells in abundance throughout each region. These cells divide to replace old or damaged lung cells, which keeps the lungs healthy. The progenitor cells include tracheal basal cells, bronchiolar secretory cells (known as club cells), and alveolar type 2 cells. Division of these progenitor cells is thought to be sufficient to renew the lung’s structure throughout normal adult life.
COPD stem cell treatment: how they can help
Stem cells are much rarer than progenitors, but they are found in both embryonic and adult lungs. Some stem cells contribute to initial lung development and others help repair and regenerate the lung throughout life.
Stem cells can migrate to the sites of injury attracted by specific chemicals released by the damaged tissue.
The cell, by homing to the damaged area will fuse with the damaged tissue by the process of engraftment and become the same tissue by displaying the property of plasticity.
Our COPD stem cell treatment program can greatly benefit patients with a range of lung diseases.