Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology

Stem cell therapy: a potential for the perils of pancreatitis


Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA

Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31: 415-424
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2020.19143
Read: 588 Downloads: 391 Published: 02 May 2020

Acute and chronic pancreatitis carry a significant disease burden and there is no definite treatment that exists for either. They are associated with local and systemic inflammation and lead to numerous complications. Stem cell therapy has been explored for other disease processes and is a topic of research that has gained momentum with regards to implications for acute and chronic pancreatitis. They not only carry the potential to aid in regeneration but also prevent pancreatic injury as well as injury of other organs and hence the resultant complications. Stem cells appear to have immunomodulatory properties and clinical potential as evidenced by numerous studies in animal models. This review article discusses the types of stem cells commonly used and the properties that show promise in the field of pancreatitis.

Cite this article as: Chela H, Romana BS, Madabattula M, et al. Stem cell therapy: a potential for the perils of pancreatitis. Turk J Gastroenterol 2020; 31(6): 415-24.

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