Byrne: Scientists from Switzerland, Italy and the United States have treated arthritis in a patient for hours with the help of cells taken from the nasal bone.
Details of this successful experiment have been published online in the latest issue of “Science Translational Medicine”, according to which this research has been going on for the last ten years in which it was initially found that the nasal cartilage. Knee joints can be repaired using bone marrow transplantation.
Continuing the research, the technique was first tested on animals, followed by permission for human trials in Switzerland last year.
For the treatment, a volunteer was recruited who had severe pain in his knees due to arthritis. Due to medical research ethics, the patient’s identity has not been revealed.
In the first stage, cells were obtained from the voluntary nasal congestion and raised in a petri dish to form a membrane.
In the next stage, a careful operation was performed to place a layer of this membrane on the affected cruciate ligament in one of the patient’s knees, giving it a fair amount of time to mature.
After three months, the patient’s knee pain was almost gone, and his knee returned to normal.
Although this experiment has been performed on only one patient, the success is huge. Now the technique is ready for testing on other patients, but before that, specialists have to get permission from the competent authorities.
However, it is hoped that this permission will be granted soon, given the first success.
At the moment it is too early to say how long the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis will be available to the public and how much it will cost.
We will probably have to wait another six to seven years for this.